Thanksgiving Poem

“Bloom” 3×6,m/m



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 a good-looking hat.

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


12 Responses to “Thanksgiving Poem”

  1. Pam on November 26th, 2019

    Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving, my friend.
    You are a blessing in my life.

  2. ALEXIS MCNAUGHTON on November 26th, 2019

    Beautiful poem, beautiful you. xx

  3. Maureen Shaughnessy on November 26th, 2019

    Just what I needed to read today. Thank you.

  4. Lori Faye Bock on November 26th, 2019

    Beautiful thoughts Cathy. So true! May you continue
    to feel blessed and be a blessing to others!?

  5. Lori Faye Bock on November 26th, 2019

    Accidentally hit the? Mark!!!!! ?

  6. Debra Moody on November 26th, 2019

    You are and continue to be, the gift that keeps on giving. I am grateful for your gift of being. XO

  7. Irene Peake on November 26th, 2019

    Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Paul B Drescher on November 26th, 2019

    So beautiful! Thank you, Cathy! May you be filled with love and good nourishment this Thanksgiving week and always!

  9. Barbara (Babs) Cobb Kern on November 26th, 2019

    I don’t know if you remember me from WMU or CCS, but I have thought of you so often over the years. The sorrow I felt when I came across your story last night was followed by great joy watching a video that takes me back to that same beautiful soul and comforting smile! Love to you Cathy!

  10. Christina Grote on November 27th, 2019

    Such a rare and beautiful expression of true gratitude. Thank you for sharing this!

  11. Becky Patterson on November 27th, 2019

    Oh Cathy. You teach us all how to live with what we have. I too
    Like the warm spit on my thigh as my small cat JuneBug Hopes
    There. Nothing else matters. I’m
    Loved by an animal! Your big heart makes mine bigger. That’s for sure. “ Make what you want out of what you have “- George Washington Carver. My theory for creativity.

  12. Jann Tenenbaum on December 2nd, 2019

    Oh my goodness, I felt my heart crack even as I smiled with warmth for this beautiful lady.

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