Thanksgiving Poem: How To

Don’t write right away, but soon
Watch the leaves and the light fully
Connect – allow – relax – delight
Too quick is a tourist in a selfie
Taj Mahal untended over left shoulder
Wait too long and the phone will ring

Write a few hundred poems before – good and bad
so fear of the water doesn’t keep you on shore
And how about a title throwing two shadows
(as Mary Oliver encourages)
an easy one here with movement and the season

Do not say leaves look toward the sun, an object
but towards the rising of the sun, an event
and more evocative of motion

Note the angle of the sun
so low on the horizon that is shines upwards
into the twisting, twirling, falling leaves
as they lift at times in slightly gusting breeze

If pirouetting is what you see, bring the ballet in

And gratitude, of course, and on what day

Third in the series of five Thanksgiving poems from  Leaflet: a poem progressionWritten in Austin Texas, Thanksgiving 2014, re-celebrated, Canadian Thanksgiving 2020

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