Sitting here, wondering, what do I praise?

In a week filled with stuffing and turkey

Surrounding self, I fix a knowing gaze

Faithful gratitude is never murky

A bike, a home, gray and white purring cats

Family, friends, community feels right

I step on the earthen beholden mats

And wipe away thanklessness with delight

Upright and breathing is who I am now

Fed with food and love and blue butterflies

Embracing what matters like sacred cow

Receiving life’s blessings is thy grand prize

Oh Thanksgiving, a time to reflect deep

In all that I have by counting my sheep

Happy Thanksgiving week to all who celebrate. For everyone else, try to find gratitude in every moment and eat something that brings you joy and comfort.

28 responses to Beholden

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I like expanding the spirit and emotions of this holiday for a longer period. Maybe, if we ever grow up, we’ll realize that we should always consider our blessings. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, Mary. Give those furballs a scritch from us.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’ve already baked a batch of cookies and started messing with Christmas decorations, which seems okay now that it’s the week of Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for the life I have, Dan, and the two critters who are more than willing to accept your scritches. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Ally Bean says:

    Well said. It’s all about acknowledging the need to be grateful, all the food and trimmings are secondary. At least that’s how I look at this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Right, Pam. I do keep a gratitude journal every day and that helps to be thankful beyond the holidays.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I’m not sure how to answer this, John, except to say I hope that you do have much to be grateful for today and the rest of this year.

      • John Hric says:

        Elon Musk for starters. Quote unquote family values. There are a whole lot of things that take everything out of thanksgiving. When I look at what we have done and where we are heading the words greedtaking fall into place. so yes and no. Genghis Khan’s is dead long live Genghis Khan. They shred normalcy and along with it thanksgiving.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I’m trying to focus on my friends and family rather than give any attention to the narcissists and crazies of the world. I vote for the sane, ethical people and have faith that goodness will overcome the times we are in.

  3. lois says:

    I was in a thrift store over the weekend and one of the store employees walked by. We smiled and he said, “Ma’am, you look so happy.” I said, “I am. Life’s good.” His response: “Right on.” So, right on, Mary. I am grateful for the life I have, too. Hugs (sort of) to Gibbs and your little Star Trek kitty.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am happy that you are happy, Lois. This is how everyone should feel. Gibbs accepts your hugs, but Hoshi says, “Food, not hugs.” She’s a twerp… ;-p

  4. Such beautiful words to read and celebrate with this week of Thanksgiving. Nice job, Mary. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your furry pals. (PS – I think your heart-warming thoughts have convinced Mother Nature to send us some warmer weather too! ;-))

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