Happy Gratitude Day!

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