the year of lyrics: a poetry project

my search for inner-peace, one poem at a time

Day 219 – Gratitude

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If there is something to be thankful for,
It is not the 800-thread count sheets
(that cradles you in your sleep)
Nor the carefully-crafted capitalist mindset
(that has been slipped into your morning cereal)
Nor the overly salted and spiced reality television shows
(that showcases insecurities)
Nor the countless stamps of approval
(on all that you stream on sticky webs)
Nor the saturated fats
(that plague and clog individuality)
Nor the bites of ignorance
(that is spoon-fed by yellow journalists)
If there is something to be thankful for,
Be it your ability to read,
Be it the courage to step away from tradition,
Be it the strength to fight hopeless battles,
Be it the sensitivity to listen,
And the compassion to understand.

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