Thank the Heavens
Thank the Heavens for all Beauty
that surrounds us, heritage along with duty,
humble prayer to the Architect of Light —
sun, moon, galaxies and comets, twilight.
Thank the Heavens for the fractured rays
of shimmering auroras, sunsets all ablaze,
horizon glows, sheet lightning, thunderbolts,
refreshing rains, twin rainbows, nature’s somersaults.
Thank the Heavens for celestial blue,
fast shooting stars and constellations that renew,
wonderment at limitless experiments
of interplaying earth, air, fire, water elements.
Thank the Heavens for recurring seasons, sowing of the fields,
amber autumns, orchards offering rich yields,
fresh April greens, May colza fields, maturing wheat,
the fragrance of the lime trees, jasmine, lilacs sweet.
Thank the Heavens for migrating silhouettes,
fast flocks of geese, traversing orange sunsets,
dashing terns and wafting seagulls in the sky
sandpipers, swallows, falcons, kites on high.
Thank the Heavens for tuned nightingales and larks at play,
for white-tailed eagles, black shag cormorants above the bay,
for countless life-forms in the great Australian barrier reef,
where corals reproduce in synchronized eruptions quite beyond belief!
Thank the Heavens for vast oceans full of fish,
sardines, anchovies, dolphins, whales for every wish,
for bodysurfing on the waves, for surfboard gliding,
snorkelling and treasure hunts when scuba diving.
Thank the Heavens when the blossoms blow
as snow in April afternoons, when glow-worms glow
in sultry summer nights, when squirrels chase
each other, chipmunks winking at the race.
Thank the Heavens for the wind song,
roaring waterfalls, deliberate and strong,
a whispering of streams and forest murmurs, Nature’s words,
cicadas chirping, mating calls of myriad chanting birds.
Thank the Heavens for majestic mountaintops,
cliffs dotted with chamois, bold ibex near abysmal drops,
red deer, grey goats and whistling marmots,
rye fields in the valley ripening to copious crops.
Thank the Heavens for vast iridescent glaciers: Aletsch,
Allalin, Baltoro, Lambert, Yulong … each a daunting stretch!
Enormous icebergs float in Arctic and Antarctic oceans,
Polar bears lose habitat to climate change – touch our emotions.
Thank the Heavens for our friendly garden hedgehogs,
and our faithful friends: the almost human cats and dogs.
We stand in awe before high flowering magnolias and acacias,
blooming bouganvilliers, all exulting Deo gratias!
Thank the Heavens for enduring dewdrops on a rose,
for crocuses that break through thawing snows,
for multicoloured tulips, dancing daffodils,
the scents of hyacinths along Dutch windmills.
Thank the Heavens for the Leitmotifs of Life,
sweet music that resolves all stress and strife,
the Song of Songs, Tannhäuser’s Pilgrims choir,
Beethoven’s Pastoral, inspiring ever higher.
Thank the Heavens for the trumpet call,
for violins and oboes in the concert hall,
for operas as grand as Rosenkavalier,
for Bach Cantatas, Händel Oratorios old and dear.
Thank the Heavens for sweet tears that swell
when friends depart in fleeting farewell,
when listening to Schubert’s melancholic moods,
impromptus, Lieder, quartets, interludes…
Thank the Heavens for a sense of brotherhood,
in human solidarity, for peace, converging planethood,
devoted to preserving common heritage for generations,
conscious of the boundless Treasures of all nations.
Thank the Heavens for insightful metaphors revealing
naked truth, symbolic language charged with feeling,
cross-fertilizing thoughts, linguistic codes of word gestation,
algorithms to appreciate the fullness of Creation.
Thank the Heavens for melancholy,
instinctive yearning, existential poetry,
pervasive curiosity and diligent desire,
the fountainhead of action, source of fire.
That the Heavens for essential contrast:
fair or ugly, good or bad, slow or fast,
sound or silence, illness or well-being…
Contrast is the sinusoidal law of being.
Thank the Heavens for a healthy appetite
for knowledge, thirst for justice, for what’s right,
for vital dialectics that display the thrill
of all creation, open options, freedom of the will.
Thank the Heavens for the gift of hope,
an optimistic world kaleidoscope,
good humour and the grace of laughter:
Chaplin, Disney, Larson now and hereafter.
Thank the Heavens for the gift of giving
of ourselves, of sharing with the living
graciously in friendship and largesse,
not bent on market do ut des.
Thank the Heavens for the welcome opportunity
to help, do good, advance a cause, experience empathy,
as good Samaritans need nothing in return,
for goodness is its own reward, as all can learn.
Thank the Heavens for a furtive glance
that animates our hope and gives us chance
to earn a soft caress and reap a tender smile,
for gentle words that reconcile.
Beauty knows millennia, generations of fine youth,
their quick perfection illustrating transient truth,
plain children, adolescents that evolve like flowers,
butterflies that flutter, vital bells that ring on lofty towers.
Thank the Heavens for St. Francis’ Hymn
to all Creation, so diverse and trim,
for Providence that constantly astounds us,
wonderment at all the Goodness that surrounds us.
Thank the Heavens for each day, each moment that we live,
for loving others, being loved, for learning how to give and to forgive.
We thank for intuition how to daily row to safer banks.
We thank the Heavens for the very word of thanks.
© Alfred de Zayas