Belle Fox-Martin: ‘Come – Thanksgiving’

I’m grateful to the lovely poet Belle Fox-Martin for sending me this Thanksgiving poem and prayer.

Belle is a United Church of Christ licensed minister, artist, and writer living in western Massachusetts. (Sojourners ran her poem “Against the Night” in March 2012.)

Come – Thanksgiving

Find your way
over the quiet earth,
under the charged skies.
Look across the emptied fields
and up at the geese
in their ordered disarray.
See the few apples
still holding to the stem.

Come to the table.
Find your way.
Don’t deny hunger leaning
hard against your door.
Remember those things
easy to forget.
Uplift the lost
and blessings made manifest.

Find your way.
Come to the table.
Let thanks and giving
brush sweet against your cheek,
then watch the deer step
into the deeper wood;
as you raise your glass
and mouth prayers
into the chill.

–Belle Fox-Martin

One comment

  1. Hello Rose… I am blessed to know of the work you’re doing and to see this poem on your blog. I went to school with Belle in NYC (can’t remember whether she too was in the elective poetry critique group in 8th grade). I haven’t seen Belle since 9th grade. When I heard of her book “Misplaced Day” I ordered it from Amazon, knowing nothing else about the book. I am taken by her writing on all levels… intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. I finished her book, tried to find more about her online, and was led to your blog (I don’t have a personal Facebook page). Again, thank you Rose, for posting this poem. I will keep your endeavors in my prayers.


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