Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn. Martin Amis ... but isn't it wonderful, my friends, that thorns have roses? Jamie Dedes

“Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow without the thorn.”  Martin Amis (b. 1945), English novelist

… but isn’t it wonderful that in life thorns have roses? / J.D.

Here in the States we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day, which I have come to call Gratitude Day. “Thanksgiving” as a holy day carries devastating baggage: the European genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

My thought is also that every day is a day to give thanks, to remind ourselves of the good in our lives and the people around us, and to express our gratitude in whatever way is customary given our own nature, religion or culture.

Today and every day, I am deeply grateful for our poetry community, which crosses all sorts of borders and paves a pathway to understanding of and respect for all people with their varied and beautiful colors, customs, wisdom traditions and languages.

Happy Gratitude Day!








Poet and writer, I was once columnist and associate editor of a regional employment publication. I currently run this site, The Poet by Day, an information hub for poets and writers. I am the managing editor of The BeZine published by The Bardo Group Beguines (originally The Bardo Group), a virtual arts collective I founded.  I am a weekly contributor to Beguine Again, a site showcasing spiritual writers. My work is featured in a variety of publications and on sites, including: Levure littéraure, Ramingo’s PorchVita Brevis Literature,Compass Rose, Connotation PressThe Bar None GroupSalamander CoveSecond LightI Am Not a Silent PoetMeta / Phor(e) /Play, and California Woman. My poetry was recently read by Northern California actor Richard Lingua for Poetry Woodshed, Belfast Community Radio. I was featured in a lengthy interview on the Creative Nexus Radio Show where I was dubbed “Poetry Champion.”

* The BeZine: Waging the Peace, An Interfaith Exploration featuring Fr. Daniel Sormani, Rev. Benjamin Meyers, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi among others

“Every pair of eyes facing you has probably experienced something you could not endure.” Lucille Clifton


  1. Here’s to you, dear Jamie,

    in smiling Gratitude for this poem that expresses so well, on every point, what I myself too feel.

    I happen to be – like many of us, consciously or not, are – a human being who, along her/his many lifetimes here, has been on both the European and the Native American side, and the African side, and the Asian side and on all the sides of those endless conflicts everywhere, in which our huge diversity of color, religion, culture, beliefs, opinions, or whatever, have driven us against each other in bigger and bigger groups, with deadlier and deadlier weapons, threatening by now the very survival of Humanity as a whole – just one more species that would go extinct, mind you… but in this case by its own mistake of repeating again and again this major Error, without learning yet how to avoid the catastrophic error of War and its dreadful results for everyone.
    It is time for Humanity as a whole to grow up, and start feeling on the contrary a total Gratitude for this incredible Diversity of Expression that our Divine Oneness – the limitless Ocean of Love in which each of us and everything else has its common Source, and lives for ever – has managed to embody through all of us in this Material Manifestation of Itself.
    Each of us in his/her uniqueness is a piece of that gigantic Puzzle in which the Picture of the Divine Reality is becoming ever more complete and ever more true to what the Divine really is. When all of us, the many various pieces of that Puzzle, realize at last that we are all part of It, we will start enjoying tremendously that very Diversity which our Mind has tried for so long to replace by Uniformity: it is Diversity which gives to Everything There is, and to Humanity too within It, its invaluable Richness of ever varied, equally valid, infinite Expression. It is meant to be enjoyed, not to be felt as a threat.
    But we all have to get used to that indispensable change of inner attitude towards our differences.
    Wars start with small conflicts, apparently insignificant local quarrels that get amplified by other people taking sides instead of helping find the solution that will give satisfaction, one way or the other, to all the points of view opposing at first each other.
    But even when such an ideal WIN-WIN solution is being proposed, many of us aren’t even able yet to see that their point of view too is included in the proposal, and that there is no need for them to remain entrenched in the ‘fighting it out’ attitude we hare all been so used to, since ever.
    As long as we remain focused, each one of us, on WINNING, we will not be able to even recognize, let alone accept, any proposal for Peace, even when all the points we have raised are actually answered and we should be satisfied, and so accept the agreement.
    In each of us, one part may quite sincerely want Peace and Harmony, and even speak about it with utter conviction. But we are made of many parts, and the part used to be needed for WINNING, whether we are conscious of it or not, will obstinately insist on having its way, not realizing that the situation has changed, and that in the solution proposed our point of view, our ‘side’, has already won, because all the sides have been made to win at the same time!
    This is what a WIN-WIN solution does. Which is what really had to happen, because on all the side was a piece of the complete truth of the matter being discussed and fought about, they only had to be put together in a harmonious way..
    The WIN-WIN way of thinking and of approaching any disagreement is the only way that can lead to a real agreement, and so, real Peace, so we better get used to it quickly, otherwise, whatever our best intentions, we will remain part of the Problem instead of the Solution!…

    What you have expressed; dear Jamie, has been such a good start in that direction that I wish I could give you a big Hug as my Gratitude Day present!
    At least I can give you this big Smile:
    Bhaga 😁

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  2. Gratitude for the community you have created, the foundation you gave it in kindness, encouragement, and vision. You have done something truly remarkable with this blog tool, something real and life-giving. I am grateful for your example and for your friendship.

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  3. Dear Respected Jamie G, Happy Gratitude Day Today and Every Moment every Day, reference to thorns and roses is a classical and symbolic reflection of life, it reminded me of a poem on “Tranquility ‘ I wrote a few years ago…sharing some lines from it…

    Tranquility is Divine
    It cannot be found in a line
    of roses guarded by thorns nor in a forest
    replete with trees, and then
    If I were a leaf ,tender would be the twig
    unstable would be the branch,
    swinging to and fro with the breeze,
    tense in breath fragile in heart,on a pine
    graceful and tall,one day would be
    The Fall
    Tranquility is Divine
    lots of affection and prayers of peace

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      1. Welcome Dear Friend another phrase stands out so wonderfully replete with inspiration vision and a joyful attraction towards further expression..the next poem would be on The Dancer or The Dance

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  4. G, I will always think of you on this day and will always refer to it as Gratitude Day. I had to STOP and ponder on “Thorns having Roses”. Was it an error? As I thought about it, I smiled and tried to put meaning to it. It is true thorns do have roses and would see that if they’d only look. They are too busy being proud of their fearsome nature.

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  5. Grateful that true Holiness extends and exists beyond the distortions and destructions of a selfish and self seeking humanity. Grateful for communities that seek more than convenience and comfort to reach out, walk with, and bring in the hurting. Grateful for new beginnings, forgiveness and reconciliation, and voices – ever the voices – continuing to speak truth with power and compassion.

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