A Thanksgiving poem, thankfully short

I’m not sure if I’ve already pointed this out, but even if I have, it bears repeating this week: Not believing in gods doesn’t mean you can’t be thankful.

Unless you’re horribly unfortunate, your family, your friends or other loved ones have been good to you this past year, and in some ways so have the world and/or the universe — just because it doesn’t care doesn’t mean you can’t be thankful to it.

There’s nothing wrong with say you’re thankful, or say “let us be thankful for …” in a situation you might be in this holiday weekend. You can be as sappy and corny as you like about it. Here, let me show you:

I’m thankful for my life,

I’m thankful for my wife,

I’m thankful for my health,

I’m thankful for what we have that passes for wealth

I’m thankful that it looks like I’ll be getting another year-end letter from my uncle Howard,

Who’s a devout believer, and in ill health lately, and who every year sends a religious poem with tortured rhymes and even more tortured meter, but who still manages to write a poem in which seldom is heard a holier-than-thou word,

I’m thankful to Parenting Beyond Belief for giving me a bump,

And for the visitors from that terrific blog whose suggestion I start an RSS feed has gotten my hit counts over the hump,

I’m thankful that I still can rhyme in meter,

And thankful Ogden Nash (andUncle Howard) gave me the freedom to abandon it altogether and not feel like a total cheater,

And I’m thankful that if I wanted to I could even write lines that don’t end with rhymes,

But that would just be stupid.

(pic with Douglas Adams quote — “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” — via RichardDawkins.net)

One response to this post.

  1. Now THAT was simply fabulous.


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