A Poem of Thanksgiving – from my soon to be released poetry collection titled “Children of the Half Light”

A Blessing

I never thought I’d be
Grateful for the cracks in the sidewalk
For the chalk on the pavement
For cement walls uneven
Even for unruly streets
In the pueblo.
Always knew I loved mornings
Crisp and warm with the sun’s rays
Bouncing on the blue sea haze
Seen from high on the hill road
Descending into the pueblo.
This day was a warning
To stay true and connected
When things are unbearably hectic
Find the key and the blessing
Be of those who are grateful
For the hand extended, imperfect
For the companions in learning
Grateful the wheels keep turning
And grateful God sees in His wisdom
Every sparrow and yearling
While I am but gazing
At this amazing dance unfold.
For I could not count all the hairs
On the heads of those whispering prayers
I could not shepherd the souls
Cannot see what His goal is
My control is just an illusion
Vain and confusing
What we think are the reigns
On a team of wild horses
Are the ties that bind us
The endless looking behind us
Lot’s wife and the pillar of salt.
When we let go and let God
There flows through our lucky fingers
The energy that gathers and lingers
Like dew on early flowers
And our spinning hours
Are spent giving bread to the masses
Out of His bottomless basket.
As the dawn arrives we are wakeful
As things are built we are grateful
To simply not know everything.
Just to belong is a blessing
To be alive is a blessing
To take a breath is a blessing
In this day, it’s a blessing
To be lost is a blessing
To be found is a blessing
To be given a glimpse
To hear the good news
To know of the shift in the tide
To see flood gates open wide
To be able to stay in the fight…

I never thought I’d be grateful
For the mere cracks in the sidewalk.

About rheaharmsen

Rhea Harmsen is a scientist, novelist and author of Language of the Spirit, a volume of selected poems. She has also released three novels, The Harvest of Reason, Intermarry, and God Created Women. Harmsen was born in a family with a black father and a white mother at a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in some states. Her parents gave her a vision of world citizenship that informs her writing and her lifestyle and has caused her to reject traditional views of race and gender. Harmsen's article "Science in the Hands of Women: Present Barriers, Future Promise" appeared in World Order in 1998 and provides the foundation for the story line for her novel The Harvest of Reason. She co-published the Monroeville Race Unity Forum Bulletin and authored many poems on racial topics, crystallizing the "conversation on race" in the novel Intermarry. Her work with domestic violence survivors in Puerto Rico inspired the novel God Created Women. Harmsen holds a doctorate in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently resides in Puerto Rico. Upcomming projects are described in her web page at rheaharmsen.com
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4 Responses to A Poem of Thanksgiving – from my soon to be released poetry collection titled “Children of the Half Light”

  1. frances klippel says:

    yes, yes, yes… it is all a blessing and receiving is a blessing in this time of gratitude, thanks and giving.
    Receiving this poem is a breath, a blessing and cracks in the sidewalk. I love it. I live it.
    Thank you, Rhea.
    love, Frances

  2. Cristina Maria says:

    this is beautiful! id like to read more of your material 🙂 merry xmas

  3. rheaharmsen says:

    Thank you Christina. There are a few more of my poems in the previous blogs but I am working very hard to get my next book out, which is a collection of poems called “Children of the Half-Light.” If you want to register on my site we’ll let you know when it comes out. Warmest regards.

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