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patterns of ink

How fruitless to be ever thinking yet never embrace a thought... to have the power to believe and believe it's all for naught. I, too, have reckoned time and truth (content to wonder if not think) in metaphors and meaning and endless patterns of ink. Perhaps a few may find their way to the world where others live, sharing not just thoughts I've gathered but those I wish to give. Tom Kapanka

Sunday, November 19, 2006

At Grace

it’s the little things
like putting in the extra leaf
and keeping window watch;
then taking covered dishes at the door;
and hugging through coats
that bring in winter’s air.
Staring fondly at the face
come furthest home;
laughing with the funny uncle
in the kitchen;
holding hands once large and small—
but ever more alike—
around the laden table;
and smiling at the changeless gaze
(framed on the far mantle)
of one not there to pray.
It’s the little things
that make Thanksgiving.
The tastes and smells
and long-awaited feast
at best are just
the garnish of the day.
It’s the enormity
of little things
providentially in place
that lumps our throats
and lifts our thoughts
…at grace.
© Copyright 2006, TK, Patterns of Ink
Wishing you and yours a wonderful sharing of thankful hearts in the weeks ahead.


Blogger Nancy said...

Just lovely, you are so talented, and may you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.

12/11/06 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is like you've been at the Thanksgivings at our house. We put two leaves in the table... I guess every family has "the funny uncle"? Is that you?

15/11/06 7:59 PM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I'm not saying I'm never funny, but I think that would be my brother Dave--although all my brothers enjoy making our family gatherings laugh. Thinking back to my own childhood Thanksgiving Days, I can still hear my Uncle Neal's mischievous "Oh-ho-ho..." laugh coming from the kitchen. It's nice to know that the avuncular line made a connection. Thanks for commenting.

16/11/06 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the poem...you've captured the emotions and feeling perfectly!

4/12/06 1:32 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Beautiful...this brought tears to my eyes!

19/11/07 10:36 PM  

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