Day of Gratitude

May we all live in the shining belief of gratitude for small things–for an afternoon with one’s wife who has fully become partner and friend–who allows for differences in my life and hers, who finally in allowing that my beliefs threaten no one. We are two and one in our old age, with the life we never saw coming. Beauty in our little town abounds as she sketches first her hands holding half-peeled orange and pealing in her aging hand. She loves me as the best friend who has been with her 38 years, under one roof just less than 38 years. Oh, she put up with me and my horrid drinking for 8 years, even drinking with me for a time, and now that’s over some 30 years and 8 months, and in July, with the help of God Almighty, through His Son Jesus who left me His Holy Spirit, a true Spirit upon whom I can call the Name of Jesus for strength and understanding.

I understand this woman’s need, she needs to be free of me and still care for me. We form a partnership in the words of Karl Rogers who coined the title On Becoming Partners. This title came after the singular On Becoming A Person, and now we are two together, one alone, partners and people, ever first that person. This is God’s union.


Published by elgwynone

I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read.

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