Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Hay(na)ku of Gratitude

Lately, I watch November winds shift chilling the air and tossing crumpled leaves into garden beds. Days grow shorter and the sky darker. These are task-filled, ordinary days, yet they are days of thanks for small accomplishments. 

During gratitude month, I join other writers who find time to recognize earth's beauty and praise small moments through writing. I use a simple, contemporary poetic format, hay(na)ku, created by Eileen Tabios in 2003, and a photo by my daughter to create a gratitude poem.      

pauser of life
shifting our perspective
©CV, 2021. photo by Devin Hartnett 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward

My little grandgirls turn any day into sunshine by their presence and joyful spirits. I am thankful for their smiles, their love, and how they change my perspective on life. 


I join Two Writing Teachers for Slice of Life Tuesday.


  1. Carol, I also aim to look through the lenses of gratitude each day. It is a transformative force almost on par with love and forgiveness. It changes everything from within. November truly is "a pauser of life," shifting our perspectives - a time of year beckoning us to take stock of life's blessings. Sweet, sweet grandgirls being one we both celebrate each day! I really must try to write hay(na)ku.

    1. Fran, I sit here this morning in quiet, reading lines from various slices that are meaningful. I feel spirited to move through the day and help my husband see that we can pause through the sludge of medical issues and life with hope and faith. Gratitude is indeed our lens.

  2. Carol, so often we get caught up in the bigness of what we feel we need to do that we don't take the time to appreciate and be thankful for all the small joys each day brings. Thanks for reminding us to slow down and be grateful.

    1. I hear you, Bob. I am guilty of not slowing down so I am ready for a quiet end of November.