Patrick McDonnell's comics Mutts (11-23-2012)

Be Thankful

for the simple gifts—
the fresh air we breathe
and water we drink

for the full moonrise,
breathtaking sunsets
and clouds floating by

for pretty seashells,
multicolored leaves,
trees that give us shade

for loving parents,
family and friends
with kindness of heart

for failures that come
to teach us lessons
strengthening our lives

for poets and sages
who awaken us to
beauty and goodness

for waking afresh
from the worlds of dream
and restful deep sleep

for the Word bringing
us Light and Silence
showing truth & the Real

for open minds to
art, music, poetry
and everything else

— Peter Y. Chou
    Mountain View, 11-23-2012