Giving thanks for the Baja Fairy Duster

God, I’m grateful the Baja Fairy Duster,”
Calliandra californica, attracts
pollinators and hummingbirds
and its seeds like dry pea pods
feed chaparral and desert animals.

I give thanks for its many gifts, and
how the beauty of another region
startles me into experiencing my own,
with apples red-ripening
and schoolchildren comparing
Wonder Woman to dinosaurs on masks
in the playground.

I am grateful for borani banjan
and chopan kabob,
so I can say “Afghan” and celebrate,
and for many foods that mean I eat
across all borders
and end up with grandma’s pie.

I am grateful that scripture Signed
invites me to worship
with a linguistic minority
and deepens words I, in fact, hear,
and that Paralympics in Tokyo
show me the wheelchair-rugby
bumping courage and fun,
the art, music, humor and kindness
of my many neighbors.

God, I give thanks
for all my goings out and comings in. Amen

Photograph credit to Teressa L. Clark from her blog AnotherLQQK, (Shift focus / See further / Gaze deeper https://anotherlqqk.com This photo was taken in the Phoenix Botanical Garden.

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Maren C. Tirabassi with Maria Mankin edited a new chapbook, “Pitching our Tents: Poetry of Hospitality,” in support of the Peace Cathedral in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and the  last year’s Advent poetry volume Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s has returned to bookstores. She blogs at gifts in open hands at wordpress dot com.

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