Give Praise Whenever You Can

Give praise whenever you can. Praise:
Sunrise on snow-coned mountains;
Sunsets on marigold fields. Praise:
Every act of kindness and solicitude;
Children smiling in beneficence. Praise:
The hard-earned wisdom of the old;
Every great artist who ever lived;
The almost-great who failed to fulfill their hopes. Praise:
The color green; amber; bees making honey;
The scent of cedar; calico kittens. Praise:
Snow-leopards; eagles; redwoods; ocean-spray;
Prairies; wind-songs; flotillas of clouds. Praise:
What is lost, but etched in living hearts;
Fidelity to the best causes. Praise:
Horses; the fleet-footed; the patience of turtles. Praise:
The little planet, orbiting its sun;
The little sun, spinning in its galaxy;
The solar system of the atom. Praise:
Cathedrals of memories;
The wine of young love, the incense of old love;
Miracles; harmony; wildness; and peace. Praise:
The durable and perdurable;
The fruition of dreams; pride in one’s work;
Wisdom in its multitude of forms. Praise:
Birds; flight; hazel eyes; blue eyes; all eyes. Praise:
Speech; truth; dialogue; music; discernment. Praise:
Mercy; charity; health; beauty-always-changing. Praise:
The learning-teaching interaction;
Wherewithal; self-reliance; community. Praise:
“A local habitation and a name.” Praise:
The ethereal; the mystical; the mundane. Praise:
Enoughness; the courage to know enoughness. Praise:
Those who help and those who acknowledge;
Those who are weary who were trailblazers. Praise:
Those who are young, building worthy achievements. Praise:
A good deed; “a word fitly spoken.” Praise:
A welcoming smile; a nod of approval. Praise:
Whenever you can; each day — someone, something.
Praise!

Gary Corseri has published/posted poems, articles and stories at Dissident Voice, The Greanville Post, Uncommon Thought Journal, CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Transcend Media Service, Veterans News Now, The New York Times, Village Voice, Redbook Magazine, Common Dreams, and hundreds of other worldwide venues. His dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere, and he published novels, poetry collections, and a literary anthology (edited), Manifestations. He has taught in US and Japanese universities and in US prisons and public schools. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Gary can be reached at gary_corseri@comcast.net. Read other articles by Gary.