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We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox,
Thanksgiving (excerpt)

Here in the United States today we are celebrating Thanksgiving. For many this is a time for family to come together and share a meal and focus on the things in our lives that we are thankful for. Then spend the afternoon asleep on the couch or nursing a sore stomach. Smiles.

Being thankful is not always easy. Circumstances get in the way. Pain, trials and challenges blind us to what we have because all we see is what we don’t. Empty chairs at the dinner table remind us of those that are no longer there. Or when things are going good we often forget just how good we have it.

For me, I have much to be thankful for…my health, my family, the engine in my car that blew up yesterday. Ok, so I am still working on being thankful for that last one.

Today, though, I want to take the opportunity to thank those that have made dVerse what it is today. We have the most amazing pub tenders that serve in various capacities, from writing articles and prompts to responding to comments or promoting this site and you on twitter. Those are just the obvious things you see, but there is a lot that happens behind the scenes as well.

Chris, Gay, Natasha, Joy, Joe, Sheila, Mark, Victoria, Claudia…thank you. Thank you to Luke who was an original member of our team and always will be.  Thank you to all who have done guest posts. And thank you to every one of you that bring your poetry and personality each and every week.

When Claudia and I first started tossing this idea around, I don’t know that we ever thought it would become what it has today. If you are reading it, I am thankful for you. I hope that whether you are celebrating today or not, it is a beautiful day for you.

Much love to all of you, now let’s write some poetry.

Here’s how it works…

  • Write a poem about something or someone you are thankful for, or your feelings around Thanksgiving.
  • Post the poem to your blog. Feel free to include a link back to dVerse on your post. It’s all in the name of spreading the poetry love!
  • Using the Mr. Linky box below, copy and paste the URL of your post, enter your name, and click submit! There, you’re in!
  • Read others that have taken up the challenge.
  • Tweet, share, and spread the words!
  • Above all, let’s have fun!

See you out on the trail. ~Brian