“Thanks!” Let’s Mean It When We Say It!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GUYS!

turkey henA wee bit of social criticism on our Thanksgiving customs from a renowned poet–

“Thanks”

Listen 
with the night falling we are saying thank you 
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the 
railings 
we are running out of the glass rooms 
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky 
and say thank you 
we are standing by the water thanking it 
smiling by the windows looking out 
in our directions 

back from a series of hospitals back from a 
mugging 
after funerals we are saying thank you 
after the news of the dead 
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank 
you

over telephones we are saying thank you 
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in 
elevators 
remembering wars and the police at the door 
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you 
in the banks we are saying thank you 
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us 
our lost feelings we are saying thank you 
with the forests falling faster than the minutes 
of our lives we are saying thank you 
with the words going out like cells of a brain 
with the cities growing over us 
we are saying thank you faster and faster 
with nobody listening we are saying thank you 
we are saying thank you and waving 
dark though it is

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Oscar wilde

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW FROM OSCAR WILDE:
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, 
even one's own relations.” 
 ― Oscar Wilde,  A Woman of No Importance
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About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger.
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2 Responses to “Thanks!” Let’s Mean It When We Say It!

  1. Mario J. Pinheiro says:

    Dear Margaret,

    I am not sure if you can receive this email, because I am since a while in Beijing, but here it goes my best compliments. I have no access to Google or facebook or my blogs…

    See you soon…

    Mario

    > margaretjeanlangstaff posted: ” HAPPY THANKSGIVING, GUYS! A wee bit of social criticism on our Thanksgiving customs from a renowned poet– “Thanks” W. S. Merwin, 1927 Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to” > >

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