Thanks, Again

I am thankful, again,

for this day and for all poems

even bad poems that try to rhyme

a poem is a poem

I am thankful, again,

for all of you who sometimes

read  poems though you’re busy

and my friend David told me

years ago most people don’t like poems

I am thankful, again,

that we will have a Good Meal

this year we won’t make turkey

for the first time in many years

we will go to a  restaurant

on 23rd Street with friends not a S100

per person place like Sardis

and I am thankful, again,

that I am a part of this crazy world

as imperfect as everything

and as deeply beautiful


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.


  1. Thanks for your ‘Thanks’ poem.
    Thanks for your comments on the value of poetry.
    I thought I would just toss in two pennies.
    I sometimes run lectures/presentations about poetry called POP,
    the power of poetry.
    Here are some thoughts I have garnered over the years.
    I am thankful that not many people like poetry, understand poetry, know anything about poetic devices. I am very thankful that people do not see the nonpoetry value of poetry: e.g. poetry is shorthand; you may not see the meanings behind the short hand on first read and that is why any poem worth reading is worth several times, a poem is a book and it could be as long as Anna Karenina or a couple pages. I would appreciate most people who think they are poets if they just left it alone, they are probably why people do not like poetry.

    But a poem is a book. To me the book would preferably be John Gardner’s GRENDEL, THE STORY FROM THE MONSTER’S POV.
    Gardner would get so poetically prosaic I would forget I was reading a novel.

    Poetry is jazz.

    Poetry is made to deliver orally. But maybe I lean that way because I love to stand and deliver. When I do, deliver, I have the poem recorded in audio and I play it, with phones of course, as I read it. This way I can engage the audience with my eyes.

    I have a poetry page on FaceBooger.
    It is called METAPHORS BE WITH YOU.
    If no other way it can be reached via my main FaceBooger cave under Jack Mothershed.
    Use requirements are that when someone puts up a poem they put one up that uses a particular poetic device. They add a separate paragraph or so that explains the device and why and how they felt about using it.

    I enjoy your gratitude poem. Thank you again.

    You can find some of my poems on my main website which is a bloggery as well as a digital store.

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