Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Challenge #29 A Prayer for the Great Family

Prayer for the Great Family

Gratitude to Mother Earth, sailing through night and day—

and to her soil: rich, rare and sweet

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Plants, the sun-facing, light-changing leaf

and fine root-hairs; standing still through wind

and rain; their dance is in the flowering spiral grain

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Air, bearing the soaring Swift and silent

Owl at dawn. Breath of our song

clear spirit breeze

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Wild Beings, our brothers, teaching secrets,

freedoms, and ways; who share with us their milk;

self-complete, brave and aware

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to Water: clouds, lakes, rivers, glaciers;

holding or releasing; streaming through all

our bodies salty seas

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Sun: blinding pulsing light through

trunks of trees, through mists, warming caves where

bears and snakes sleep— he who wakes us—

in our minds so be it.

Gratitude to the Great Sky

who holds billions of stars— and goes yet beyond that—

beyond all powers, and thoughts

and yet is within us—

Grandfather Space.

The Mind is his Wife.

so be it.

after a Mohawk prayer

by: Gary Snyder, Turtle Island

New Directions, New York, 1974, pp. 24-25

We are so excited to share this poem with you and grateful for you to play along with us!
We are thrilled to have Dorothy guest designing with us!
Here is what our design team created for you!



Mel J



We hope you find inspiration in the poem, share what you are grateful for... and play along with us!
Our design team is looking forward to visiting your blog to see your creations.
Post a link in this comment section with your challenge!
Creations are due November 30th at 10 am EST.
You may create layouts, cards, presents, anything that uses our poem for inspiration!

From all of us... we are grateful you check out our challenge and play along!


  1. here's mine, thanks for looking and any comments

  2. Love the poem and love my family- so here is my family mini book

  3. What a great poem with 'Thanksgiving' only a few days away....... I really enjoyed scrapping to this poem. You can find my page at.....
    Great inspiration from the DT this month too :)

  4. Here is mine- I went away from the gratitude and took the words Salty Seas as my title


  5. You can find my LO here

  6. Thanks ladies... loving all your creations... keep them coming!!!

  7. Wonderful poem and very inspiring DT's work!
    Here is my lo, about my bf & me, a releationship I feel lucky to have: