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Poems that Say Thank You

Classic and contemporary poems of gratitude to send when you’re feeling thankful.
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A poem can be a perfect thank you note, whether you’re glad for a nice dinner with friends (see Bernadette Mayer’s “We Eat Out Together”) or thanking a parent for a lifetime of sacrifice (see Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”). Also check out “A Gift” by Kathryn Starbuck, which ends with the lines, “today is a gift and I am / ready to receive you.” Or if you are in need of something a little lighter, “The Blue Booby” by James Tate is both hilarious and affectionate.

A THANKFUL SPIRIT
FOR A GIFT
FOR LOVE OR FRIENDSHIP
FOR THE LITTLE THINGS
THE QUIRKY AND SURREAL