Thanksgiving: A Sonnet

One of the particular things I was giving thanks for is the fellowship of friends, and especially of my poet friends. This particular poem also reflects my admiration for Charles Williams and his theological thought as well as his literary productions. Specifically there are nods here to Descent into Hell and Many Dimensions.I wrote this sonnet on (and for) the holiday of Thanksgiving, but with the idea of giving thanks in general, bearing in mind the call in Scripture to give thanks in all circumstances. One of the particular things I was giving thanks for is the fellowship of friends, and especially of my poet friends. This particular poem also reflects my admiration for Charles Williams and his theological thought as well as his literary productions. Specifically there are nods here to Descent into Hell and Many Dimensions.

I also recommend Malcolm Guite’s extraordinary Thanksgiving poem, found on his blog. Since then, he has revised and incorporated it into of a larger series of sonnets for the Church year, a marvelous book (which I’ve read in draft, so I know how good it is) soon to be released as Sounding the Seasons from Canterbury Press.

Here is my sonnet. You can hear my reading of it by clicking on the link in the title.

Thanksgiving Sonnet

I have no words of praise and thanks today
That would suffice to even make a start,
But only empty hands, a quiet heart,
A joyful debt that I cannot repay.
The dry and empty cup can truly say
The measure of its need; now not in part
But wholly filled with light and love, what art
Of song or verse can praise enough, this day?
O Morning Star! If any word is true,
It points to you, the end of all desire,
And draws its truth from you, the hidden place
That all will find who seek. This gift from you
I’ll praise with words you give: through dark and fire
I’ll sing and pray with coinherent grace.

 

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