Patricia Horn O'Brien

Thanksgiving Reflections...

November 28, 2017

 

 Over the Thanksgiving holiday, with its special time with friends and family, I was reminded how lucky we are when our everyday loves are made easily accessible …  when we mull around in the kitchen, dish towel or oven mitt in hand, take a walk together in the leaf-blown day, play Scrabble before the fire, and, at some point in the bustle of the day, gather around the dining room table!  

 

We gather to express our gratitude for our lives and for each other … and all in the fabulous landscape 
of the changing seasons! 

 

I think Jane Kenyon’s Poem, Otherwise, helps to capture the importance of being awake to these blessings … 

 

those blessings highlighted, of course, on Thanksgiving Day … but, more importantly, present in all 
their simple glory every single day!  

                                                                                    Happy Days, everyone!       Pat, O.S. P.L.

Otherwise - Poem by Jane Kenyon
 
I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.
At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.

 


Jane Kenyon was born May 23, 1947, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and grew up in the Midwest.  She earned a BA from the University of Michigan in 1970 and an MA in 1972.

 

Jane Kenyon published 4 books of poetry— Constance, Let Evening Come, The Boat of Quiet Hours, and From Room to Room as well as a book of translation, Twenty Poems of Anna Akhmatova. 

 

In December 1993 she and husband, Donald Hall, were the subject of an Emmy Award-winning Bill Moyers documentary, “A Life Together.” 

 

In 1995 Kenyon was named poet laureate of New Hampshire; she died later that year from leukemia, on April 22.



 

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