Thanksgiving Song by Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff

Thanksgiving Song 

Ever, it seems, a spoiled child,

I am nagging again

about the small things,

the trivial shards of

a life spent consuming

too much,

expecting

too much,

thinking

it’s my way or your way,

as if it’s a competition.

 

Instead, I beg myself to stop

for an instant, to still the soul

between the headlines

and the obituaries,

to cling to light

as it filters

through stained glass

and rests

on the top

of one hand,

to plod through,

walking beside

instead of in front,

listening, and if I must speak,

planting words

only where they will heal.

 

Between the hundred suggestions

for how to use cranberries

this season

I want to go to my room

without supper

and emerge at dawn

GRATEFUL.

 

by Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff

Galena Arts Center virtual exhibit flipbook, November 2021

About Charlotte Digregorio

I publish books. I have marketed and/or published 55 titles. These books are sold in 46 countries to bookstores, libraries, universities, professional organizations, government agencies, and book clubs. In 2018, I was honored by the Governor of Illinois for my thirty-eight years of accomplishments in the literary arts, and my work to promote and advance the field by educating adults and students alike. I am the author of seven books including: Haiku and Senryu: A Simple Guide for All; Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Homes; You Can Be A Columnist; Beginners' Guide to Writing & Selling Quality Features; Your Original Personal Ad; and my latest, Ripples of Air: Poems of Healing. The first four books have been adopted as supplemental texts at universities throughout the U.S., Canada, India, Pakistan, and Catalonia. They are sold in 43 countries, and are displayed in major metropolitan cultural centers. These books have been reviewed, recommended, and praised by hundreds of critics, librarians, and professors worldwide. I am also the author of a poetry collection: "Shadows of Seasons: Selected Haiku and Senryu by Charlotte Digregorio." Two of my books have been Featured Selections of Writer's Digest Book Club. I am regularly interviewed by major print, radio, and television organizations throughout the U.S. I regularly sign books at libraries, chain bookstores, and university bookstores, and do poetry readings at art centers, cafes, tea houses, and galleries. I was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. I have won fifty-nine poetry awards, writing fourteen poetic forms. My poetry has been translated into eight languages. I do illustrated solo poetry exhibits 365 days a year in libraries, galleries, corporate buildings, hospitals, convention centers, and other venues. My individual poems have been displayed at supermarkets, apparel and wine shops, banks, botanic gardens, restaurants, and on public transit. I have been nominated and listed in "The International Authors and Writers Who's Who" in Cambridge, England and in the "Who's Who In Writers, Editors & Poets U.S./Canada." I hosted my own radio program, "Poetry Beat," on public broadcasting. My poetry has been featured on several library web sites including those of Shreve Memorial Library in Louisiana and Cornell University's Mann Library. My background includes positions as a feature editor and columnist at daily newspapers and as a magazine editor. I have been a public relations director for a non-profit organization. I am self-employed as a public relations/marketing consultant, having served a total of 118 clients in 23 states for the past several decades . In other professional areas, I have been on university faculties, teaching French, Italian, and Writing. I regularly give lectures and workshops on publishing, journalism, publicity, poetry, and creativity to business and professional groups, and at writer's conferences, universities, literary festivals, non-profit organizations, and libraries. I have been a writer-in-residence at universities. There have been about 400 articles written about me in the media. I have served on the Boards of writers and publishers organizations. My positions have included Board Secretary of the Northwest Association of Book Publishers. I served for five years as Midwest Regional Coordinator of The Haiku Society of America, and for two years as its Second Vice President.
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6 Responses to Thanksgiving Song by Valorie Broadhurst Woerdehoff

  1. Very true; we do spend too much time complaining about the results of having too much.

  2. MaryJo says:

    A thoughtful poem, Valorie. Living with too much, consuming, consuming more and more. How important to stop, to listen, to walk beside rather than in front. Thank you for your awareness.
    Our blessings, so many.

  3. donnabauerly says:

    Valorie, how I always treasure your words coming from deep insight and careful crafting of lovely and meaningful heart and soul thoughts.

    I think of you specially this Thanksgiving.

    love and care, always,
    Donna and Lacy

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