“We see you, see ourselves and know / That we must take the utmost care / And kindness in all things”: Joy Harjo’s “Eagle Poem”

Happy Thanksgiving, Dear (American) Readers! Here’s a poetry post from a couple of years back that I think I might like to make a yearly tradition. I’d be happy to know what your favorite Thanksgiving poems are if you’d care to note them in the comments. Safe travels and hearty toasts to all.


 

I’m not a religious person, but many people I treasure are very religious, and I’m always

"Eagle silhouette" Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Eagle silhouette” Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

grateful for their prayers and their generosity of spirit. Joy Harjo’s “Eagle Poem” gives me a way to think about prayer that is comforting and uplifting without listing toward the dogmatic.

For that reason, I think “Eagle Poem” is the perfect poem for Thanksgiving week, when we give thanks in our own ways, both secular and spiritual, for what we have and what we have not.

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2 thoughts on ““We see you, see ourselves and know / That we must take the utmost care / And kindness in all things”: Joy Harjo’s “Eagle Poem”

  1. This is a beautiful poem and in your opening how perfectly you’ve described a secular sense of prayer. Thanks for that. Happy Thanksgiving.

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