An arc of Earth's surface, blue oceans and swirling white clouds, taken from space

Let’s start with the people we love
and those who love us,
thankful they are in our lives
obliging us to open our hearts.

Let open hearts embrace the Earth,
the sea and soil and stars,
blessed by bold beauty,
the bounty of being.

Then with hearts open to beauty
let us embrace the arts
and the generation of learning
that we should have wisdom.

Let what wisdom we have,
wan and wanting, lead us to
strive so the seventh generation
hence can live more fully.

It is in that work, and that alone,
that we can express our thankful spirit.
May we make it so.

For the opening to make it
so, let us be truly grateful.



About the Author


Swiftwalker is the Lenape name of an old guy who used to be a health care researcher. He has published articles in professional journals, and seven books on sickness and health care systems. His poetry has appeared in Off the Coast, Blue Unicorn, Well Versed, and other publications.

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