Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THANKS BE TO GOD, by JANIE ALFORD

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THANKS BE TO GOD, by            
First Line: I do not thank thee, lord
Last Line: Unspeakable! His gift!
Subject(s): Holidays; Religion; Thanksgiving; Theology

I do not thank Thee, Lord,
That I have bread to eat while others starve;
Nor yet for work to do
While empty hands solicit Heaven;
Nor for a body strong
While other bodies flatten beds of pain.
No, not for these do I give thanks!

But I am grateful, Lord,
Because my meager loaf I may divide;
For that my busy hands
May move to meet another's need;
Because my doubled strength
I may expend to steady one who faints.
Yes, for all these do I give thanks!

For heart to share, desire to bear
And will to lift,
Flamed into one by deathless Love --
Thanks be to God for this!
Unspeakable! His Gift!

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