Jack Gilbert shares in his beautiful poem, “A Brief for the Defense”,
“Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere…
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil…
We must admit there will be music in spite of everything…
Whatever may be going on in the world it is our duty to keep claiming the good.
Here is my prayer for you, for a beloved, for a stranger, for the difficult ones, for the world, for all of us:
May we be happy. May our souls risk delight.
May we be peaceful. May we be stopped in our tracks by beauty.
May we be free. May fear and sorrow wash through us and leave space for gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving, today and every day, dear friends.