For the Thanksgiving holiday, the wise Brother David Steindl-Rast

May you have much for which to be thankful!

I’m putting the site on hiatus for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States and will return on Wednesday, December 4 with the next Wednesday Writing Prompt.

GRATITUDE: This stunning video was filmed by Louis Shwartsberg. As visually appealing as it is, its peace and healing value lies in the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast.


Jamie Dedes. I’m a freelance writer, poet, content editor, and blogger. I also manage The BeZine and its associated activities and The Poet by Day, an info hub for writers meant to encourage good but lesser-known poets, women and minority poets, outsider artists, and artists just finding their voices in maturity. The Poet by Day is dedicated to supporting freedom of artistic expression and human rights and encourages activist poetry.  Email for permissions, commissions, or assignments.

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Recent and Upcoming in Digital Publications: Jamie Dedes, Versifier of Truth, Womawords Literary Press, November 19, How 100,000 Poets Are Fostering Peace, Justice, and Sustainability, YOPP! * The Damask Garden, In a Woman’s Voice, August 11, 2019 / This short story is dedicated to all refugees. That would be one in every 113 people. * Five poems, Spirit of Nature, Opa Anthology of Poetry, 2019 * From the Small Beginning, Entropy Magazine (Enclave, #Final Poems), July 2019 * Over His Morning Coffee, Front Porch Review, July 2019 * Three poems, Our Poetry Archive, September 2019

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

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