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Although I am not American, I think this poem’s theme is universal. A colleague shared this lovely poem that speaks eloquently about today wherever we live. The poet is Rafael Jesus Gonzalez.

Thanks & blessings be
to the Sun & the Earth
for this bread & this wine,
this fruit, this meat, this salt,
this food;
thanks be & blessing to them
who prepare it, who serve it;
thanks & blessings to them
who share it
(& also the absent & the dead).
Thanks & Blessing to them who bring it
(may they not want),
to them who plant & tend it,
harvest & gather it
(may they not want);
thanks & blessing to them who work
& blessing to them who cannot;
may they not want – for their hunger
sours the wine & robs
the taste from the salt.
Thanks be for the sustenance & strength
for our dance & work of justice, of peace.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  2. This is beautiful,Ivon

  3. Lovely poem. Thanks so much for sharing:)

  4. Thanks be for you too, my friend.


  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.

  6. This is a great poem. I’m not an American either, but I love this holiday. Where are you from?

    • Shimon, I am from Canada. We celebrated our Thanksgiving in October, but I have many friends and colleagues in the US. It is a great time of the year as we move into our various holiday seasons.



  8. If only more people would be thankful for the bounty they often take for granted.

  9. I agree Alex. We need to see the world through the eyes of children and with wonder.


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