June 13th, 2008

canoe

Poetry Friday -- Louise Gluck

Yesterday, I closed my post with a note of gratitude.

So I figured, what better place to start today?

The thing about kindnesses is that they can be complicated...
when they come with strings attached and what not.

And then the subsequent gratitude gets a little murky, too.
Sometimes a bit begrudging or embarrassed. Y'know?

I prefer the pure kind -- of kindnesses and gratitudes. 

Pure, unfettered giving and receiving and thank you thank you thank you.
Like that.

No big white elephant in the middle of the room.

Just you. 
And me.
And thank you.

Here's what Louise Gluck has to say about all that:



Gratitude

Do not think I am not grateful for your small
kindness to me.
I like small kindnesses.

(Read the rest here.)