i thank You God

I have always loved the poem “i thank You God for most this amazing day,” by e e cummings.  Seeing as it’s Thanksgiving, I decided to try something that was recommended to me once:  “When waking up, before opening your eyes, recite this poem aloud to yourself from memory.  Once you have finished the final line then open your eyes.”

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

I must admit, I wasn’t expecting such a wonderful feeling of gratitude or a new found sense of purpose to follow this ritual, but it gave me a new perspective on Thanksgiving this year.  I truly do thank God for everything he’s given me.  Today, I celebrated with members of my extended family and my sister.  Their kindness and generosity knows no bounds.  Another blessing to be grateful for.

Here’s that poem as read by the poet, e e cummings:


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  1. Pingback: i thank you God: a poem by e.e. cummings | Thank you Jesus

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