Grace for Thanksgiving


 by Rafael Jesús González

Thanks & blessing be

to the Sun & the Earth

for this bread & this wine,

this fruit, this meat, this salt,

this food;

thanks be & blessing to them

who prepare it, who serve it;

thanks & blessing to them

who share it

(& also the absent & the dead.)

Thanks & blessing to them who bring it

(may they not want),

to them who plant & tend it,

harvest & gather it

(may they not want);

thanks & blessing to them who work

& blessing to them who cannot;

may they not want — for their hunger

sours the wine

& robs the salt of its taste.

Thanks be for the sustenance & strength

for our dance & the work

of justice, of peace.

© Rafael Jesús González, The Montserrat Review, Issue 6, Spring 2003

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