a Thanksgiving poem

On this day of thanksgiving
I will give thanks
for clouds

and the linings of clouds,
for bare feet in grass
and painted toenails.
For blues above and greens below,
for trees (oh trees, I could write

an entire book giving thanks for trees)
and birds and baby animals of all kinds.

For taste and all things good and edible.
For open eyes and hands closed around hands.

For distances
and coming closer
and time and learning
to be patient when it is
so so hard to wait.

For books and those who write them,
for a warm fire or cold drink,
for everything natural
and brown and dirty
that gets under your fingernails.
For hellos and gravel roads
and a first glimpse of a new place.
For trust and all it leads to
and for old friends.
For passionate fighting
and loves of all kinds,
for goodbyes

and family eating around a table,
even if a few of you wish you were

somewhere else, thank God that you are there

and here and wherever you will be tomorrow.

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Strange Beauty book cover

SWEETLAND FULL COVER

I am super happy to show you the cover to my forthcoming book Strange Beauty. It will be available for purchase in mid December and possibly for pre order before that.

Thanks so much for your support!