These last few days
nearly Thanksgiving
gratitude highly emailed
subject for the New York Times
frequent NPR
conversation the word gratitude
resurfaced . Dormant a while.

Every year on Thanksgiving
I hand out a poem.
Beautiful predictable
Mary Oliver
Marge Piercy
Wendell Berry
they don’t discuss
Gratitude Like That
though I myself
have tried
making a long list
I’ve done this many times
to tell you to tell myself
what it feels like
how it feels
to be here
right now today.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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