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Gratitude Poem

Posted in Nature Intelligence on Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at 2:54 pm No Comments

Prayer for the Great Family by Gary Synder

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day–and to her soil: rich, rare, and sweet

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing light-changing leaf/and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind/and rain; their dance is in the flowing spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and the silent/Owl at dawn. Breath of our song
clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,/freedoms and ways; who share with us their milk;/self-complete, brave, and aware

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;/holding or releasing; streaming through all/our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through/trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where/bears and snakes sleep–he who wakes us–

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky
who holds billions of stars–and goes yet beyond that–/beyond all powers, and thoughts
and yet is within us–/Grandfather Space.
The Mind is his Wife

so be it.
~Gary Snyder

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