MAY 15 2011 : GRATITUDE

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When the sun shines more years than fear

when birds fly more miles than anger

when sky holds more birds

sails more cloud

shines more sun

than the palm of love carries hate

even then shall I in this weary

seventy-year banquet say, Sunwaiter,

Birdwaiter, Skywaiter,

I have no hunger,

remove my plate.

SUDESH MISHRA, Tandava.

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Tandava, a collection of poems centred mainly on Fiji.

dad and me

I have put up this pic of me and me dad with a fish. No reason in particular. Nothing to do with benches. Maybe something to do with the poem from Fiji. I am one person who has lived long enough for the good years to have lasted longer than the bad. When I was in the Rozelle Mental Hospital and then the Silver Lining Halfway House for Langton Clinic, I was taught to write a gratitude list. Seems a pretty simple thing and it can be but like the other cliché-ed behaviours and thinking it can lead into some mystical complexities.

I read a lot of gratitude lists nowadays. For various reasons. Sometimes I think they work for the person. Sometimes, well sometimes, they could do with a few more run throughs and a good reading over. There’s a couple of tips I was given :

  • Just do the gratitude list. Do NOT balance it with the ungrateful side. Its not a legal debate.
  • Do not be trite. Don’t just chuck in the things you hear other people being grateful for.
  • Be specific. VERY specific. There are good reasons for that. I will leave it to you to discover them.
  • You can also put in things that you are grateful NOT to have in your life. e.g. I am very glad not to be in the loony bin anymore.
  • A WORD TO THE WISE – DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE GRATITUDE LIST.

Postscript: Watch the Cynic and the Rebel (Within and Without) try to attack at the very word “ gratitude”.

Now, lets sit down and take a good look at this poem from Fiji.

When the sun shines more years than fear

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when birds fly more miles than anger

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when sky holds more birds

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sails more cloud

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shines more sun

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than the palm of love carries hate

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even then shall I in this weary

seventy-year banquet say

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Sunwaiter

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Birdwaiter

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Skywaiter

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I have no hunger

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remove my plate.

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SUDESH MISHRA, Tandava.