Poem of the Month, November: Praise Song, Barbara Crooker

Poem of the Month

Praise song NovemberHere we are in November, the transition month between autumn and winter, the month of generosity, gratitude, and abundance. Let us  sing praises!

 

Praise Song

Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there’s left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn’t cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it’s all we have, and it’s never enough.

–Barbara Crooker

(c) in the name of the poet. Used for educational purposes.

 

Pumpkin carving at Grace and Gratitude, an urban farm in Virginia Beach, VA.

Pumpkin carving at Grace and Gratitude, an urban farm in Virginia Beach, VA. https://www.facebook.com/graceandgratitudefarm

Journal prompts:

  • This poem combines two classic poetry therapy structures: A praise poem of gratitude or homage to someone/something, and a list poem, which uses a familiar structure.  Try your own praise/list poems using elements from your everyday life!
  • The poet focuses on praising elements from the natural world. Look around your yard, park, neighborhood, city. What praiseworthy beauty abounds?
  • What part of November do you particularly love? Write a praise poem to the month of November.
  • Is there someone you would like to honor with a praise poem? Title your poem “Praise Song for ——,” and be lavish in your adoration!

 

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