Sunday Poetry: With Starry Silences

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.  If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday blogs here.

Searching for  Thanksgiving poems to share with you, I discarded a number.  Some wandered through territory I didn’t want to travel.  Others made me wonder whether the poet was grateful for anything and if not, why?  Many were simple rhyming prayers to use at the Thanksgiving table.

This poem seemed just right.  There are so many gorgeous images in A List of Praises by Anne Porter, brought to us here by  Have you ever given praise with the “rasp and sizzle of crickets?”  If not, maybe you will the next time crickets sing for you. 

In what ways will you give praise?

Among many other blessings, I’m thankful for the chance each Sunday to find and share a special poem with you.  This blog has opened a new world to me.  Since the first Sunday Poetry post I’ve read hundreds of poems, probably as many as in my entire life up until that point.  I’ve discovered new poets with gifts of insight and the ability to move their readers to new paths. I’ve discovered I appreciate the work they do far more than I believed.

Thank you for sharing this space with me, for reading and thinking about the poems here and for occasionally sharing your own reactions.


  1. JoAnn Ross on November 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    That is just glorious! Thanks so much for finding the perfect Thankgiving poem, Emile! The images remind me a bit of Dylan Thomas.

    • Emilie Richards on November 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks, JoAnn. I fell in love with this one.

  2. Lil on December 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Nature does so much to remind me to give praise to the Creator. Yesterday when I was walking through a local park, I saw a gentleman taking photographs of birds high in a tree and I stopped to asked what kind of birds they were. He responded, “They are common crows but, sometimes, they do something interesting.” My thought? I am common, but sometimes, I do something interesting.

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