ceramic seeds, 1″ each



I want to say something
About not getting
What you want
Because if all those prayers
Had been answered
I’d surely not be me
And that would be a shame.

The warm press
Of my dog on my thigh
Might have slipped
My attention
As I went surfing the net;
Mindlessly window shopping
For fur hats.

I might have missed
The precious and strong
Grip of my left hand
If my right one
Weren’t so weakened
By the take-away
Illness brings.

What if I actually had
All the independence
I have prayed for
And altogether missed
My heart stretching
With love for all those
Who let me know
I matter to them?

If I had all I wanted
I’d never know
How not having
Helps me know
The very important gift
Of wanting
And cherishing
Exactly what I have.
-Cathy Aten 2013


7 Responses to “Thanksgiving”

  1. Pam on November 27th, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving Cathy and thank you for the sharing of this beautiful poem. xo

  2. Alexandra Eldridge on November 27th, 2014

    You are simply BEAUTIFUL! Thank-you for your constant wisdom and love, A.

  3. Rita Kindl Myers on November 27th, 2014

    Beautiful and Thank you.

  4. Michele P. on November 27th, 2014

    Your words bring me peace.

  5. Bryan Adams on November 28th, 2014

    Mitakuye O’yasin––All My Relations

    Peace and Love . . .

  6. KK on November 29th, 2014

    Wasn’t there a poster at one time that said something like “Help me to let go of all I have for what I can become”?

  7. Lori Faye on November 30th, 2014

    Beautiful poem. Lovely reminders. Especially appreciate last verse. xo

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