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
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.