poetry by j matthew waters

a prayer of thankfulness

though temporary
the heat of the day sends our thoughts
well beyond our fears
sympathetic to the miseries of the poor
seeking shelter any possible way
a slice of shade from a city wall
or beneath a tree that has given
comfort to multitudes over the years

in the city center public fountains
create rainbows
children chasing pots of gold
gifts from the gods of nourishment
who giveth and taketh without discretion
a reminder that we are all but a step
away in or out of the fray

be thankful for what you have
whether it be a piece of cloth
or a handful of clay to be
molded into new possibilities
be hopeful and lend a hand
whenever possible
for you will be rewarded
twentyfold in this world and the next

june two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “a prayer of thankfulness

  1. What a beautiful metaphor you carry throughout this poem – yes we may have very little, but we still hold the opportunity for grateness within us. Thank you for sharing

  2. What lovely metaphor what lovely poem

  3. Compassion, gratitude, and mercy – a powerful hopeful combination

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