Monday, November 12, 2012

#457: Renewal

30 days of thanks: Day 11
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
that sends the frozen ground-swell under it,
and spills the upper boulders in the sun,
and makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
(find the whole poem here)

I've been thinking about giving thanks,
not just for easy things but for all things:

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is perhaps
a consequence of the Fall.
Entropy increases, heat drops to cold,
storms wash scallops up onto the beach 
and flood houses,
walls fall down.

What was made to be joy and goodness
and light has become shadowed.
So where is the thankfulness?
I see it here:
Replacing mortar at the Pacific Bank
at the top of Main Street.
Yes, that's my son, he loves stonework.

Today, I am thankful for those who repair,
and replace, and comfort in the shadow.
For neighbors fixing walls,
for dozens of folk putting the seed scallops back
in deep water,
for hundreds sending aid to New York.

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