Monday, September 2, 2013

Rafael Jesús González: "Grace"

Thanks & blessings 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 & blessings 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 wantfor their hunger
     sours the wine & robs
          the taste from the salt.
Thanks be for the sustenance & strength
for our dance & work of justice, of peace.

"Grace" by Rafael Jesús González, from In Praise of Fertile Land: An Anthology of Poetry, Parable and Story, edited by Claudia Mauro. © Whit Press, 2006.

Photography credit: Unknown (originally color).



  1. Thanks be to Mr. González for writing and to you for posting this. Everything in our world embeds and embodies the labor of others who are invisible to us in the moment and too easily ignored. Thanks be to them all.


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