A Poet’s Reflection On Why We Can Thank God For Worry And Trouble

A Poet’s Reflection On Why We Can Thank God For Worry And Trouble


Ella Wheeler Wilcox is an American gem from Wisconsin whose poetry is well worth reading wherever you find it. She’s written many poems duly popular in children’s poetry anthologies, but her adult work is also worthy. Here, Wilcox treats a serious and seasonally appropriate theological theme in her characteristically joyful way.

Thanksgiving

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

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Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hand about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to

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