A Poem of Gratitude

Jean Simpson with a baby grizzly bear


So many beautiful souls are gone,

just like the rainbow disappears.

Their faces are smiling in the shrine of my heart.

I’ve tried to dream them many times,

so I can say “thank you”.

They are the most sacred words our lips can utter.

Each time we say them,

this invisible cold ice between us melts.

Thanks to my beloved ones,

You listened to my stories,

Shared thousands of delicious meals,

Opened my heart,

Accepted me the way I am.

Your presence never gave me sorrow,

only joy.

In your field,

my entire being is so relaxed.

Thank you to all my friends.

Your trust has been empowering me.

Our friendship showed me my own goodness.

The world is less strange because of you.

I’m grateful to the earth for sustaining life,

Cloud for the rain

Flower for its beauty

Sea for its grace

Mountain for its majesty.

Never forget the animals.

Humming birds for making me smile by their cuteness,

Squirrels for making me laugh by their mischievousness,

Coyotes for invoking my wildness by their ghostly howling,

This world will be very lonely if they’re not here.

I’m even grateful to problems.

They woke me up from my illusions

and led me to the path of compassion.

I would not trade them for anything.

Right now,

Under the full moon’s gaze,

I’m writing THANK YOU in the air,

blowing kisses everywhere.

Open your heart

You might get one.

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