Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THANKSGIVING - 1937, by JOSIE CRAIG BERRY

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THANKSGIVING - 1937, by            
First Line: I'm thankful that the fall did not include
Last Line: Was grounded by the fall of frail mankind.
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving Day

I'm thankful that the Fall did not include
The grounding of my mind to sordid earth;
That in this span between my death and birth
My soaring spirit cannot be subdued.
When things mundane become too rough and rude
I'm free to change the bitter tears to mirth;
And though equators, measured, spell dust's girth
My soul springs past the mark -- freedom imbued!
How dreadful if the body set the pace --
How limited the journey made by flesh!
But this does not obtain when awful space
Becomes by-paths where men their souls refresh.
I'm thankful, Lord, the body, not the mind
Was grounded by the Fall of frail mankind.

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