gratitude-poems

50 Best Gratitude Poems to Express Your Appreciation

Every person loves to be appreciated and that’s why gratitude poems are important for everyone. We may not only love to send them to important people in our lives but we also love to read them.

Why are gratitude poems important?

Gratitude poems are extremely important to instill positive behavior in all of us. We all should count our blessings hundreds of times and while reading gratitude poems we tend to consider all our blessings one by one that we have in our lives.

Whom to send gratitude poems?

Poems about gratitude are sent to our loved ones and people who matter the most to us. You can send these gratitude poems to your family and close friends. It’s a way to tell them that you are thankful for having them in your life.

When to send gratitude poems?

If you see any of your close friends or relatives having a tough time or passing through a phase of depression, you should send them these gratitude poems.

Best Gratitude Poems

Here’s a list of the best gratitude poems you will love to read and send to your close relations as well. We have gathered a collection of all the top poems of gratitude around the world.

1. I Am Thankful For

       by Nancy J Carmody

I am thankful for

…..the mess to clean up after a party
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

​…..the taxes that I pay
because it means that I’m employed.

…..the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat.

​…..my shadow who watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine.

​…..the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking.

​…..all the complaining I hear about our Government
because it means we have freedom of speech.

​…..that lady behind me in church who sings offkey
​because it means that I can hear.

​…..lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home.

…..my huge heating bill
because it means that I am warm.

​…..weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means that I have been productive.

…..the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means that I am alive.

2. In Everything Give Thanks

       by Anonymous

For all that God in mercy sends –
For health and children, home and friends;
For comfort in the time of need,
For every kindly word and deed,
For happy talks and holy thoughts;
For guidance in our daily walk –
In everything give thanks!

For beauty in this world of ours,
For verdant grass and lovely flowers,
For song of birds, for horn of bees,
For the refreshing summer breeze,
For hill and plain, for streams and wood,
For the great ocean’s mighty flood –
In everything give thanks!

For the sweet sleep which comes with night,
For the returning morning’s light,
For the bright sun that shines on high,
For the stars glittering in the sky –
For these and everything we see,
O Lord our hearts we lift to thee;
In everything give thanks!

3. Thankful Heart

       by Henry Coyle

Father, we lift our thankful hearts to Thee
With gratitude, for all Thy bounty free,
For love, and friends, for home, for faith’s pure light,
For health, for harvest store, for rest at night –

For every blessing showered from above –
Bestowed on us unstinted, by Thy Love
And thoughtful care; O hear us, as we pray,
Father in heaven, this Thanksgiving day.

Watch over us, be Thou our Stay and Guide,
Thro’ day and night; guard us from sinful pride,
For we are human, weak and prone to wrong,
And by Thy grace alone are we made strong.

Give us our dally bread, our wants supply,
And touch our hearts that we may not deny
The widow and the orphan of their share
Of what we have – relieve their want and care.

O grant that we may keep Thy law, and live
A Christian life; our enemies forgive;
That we may love our neighbor, work for peace.
That so Thy glory may on earth increase.

4. The Harvest Moon

       by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!
All things are symbols: the external shows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song-birds leave us at the summer’s close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

5. When Giving Is All We Have

       by Alberto Ríos

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.

Famous Gratitude Poems

When you are looking for gratitude poems, you search for the most famous ones. We have listed some famous poems about gratitude written by the most renowned people. Take a look at poems on gratitude by famous poets you will absolutely love.

1. Gratitude

       by Edgar Albert Guest

Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way,
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day,
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom,
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blessed you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall to-day and you with grief are sad,
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

2. Remember

       by Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star’s stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother’s, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.
Remember.

3. A Special Day

       by Julie Hebert

Thanksgiving is a special day,
A day we give our thanks.
For all the people in our lives,
And the money in our banks.

Thanksgiving is a special day,
A day we share the joy.
We come before a lavish meal,
One we quite enjoy.

Thanksgiving is a special day,
Togetherness, all families the same.
Time spent in happiness,
We may even plan a game.

But most importantly Thanksgiving,
Is a day to remember.
Be grateful for all you have all year,
January straight through to December.

4. Thankful For Many Things

       by Julie Hebert

I am thankful for my family,
My friends I feel the same.
Life is filled with many thanks,
Life is the perfect game.

Life is filled with treasures,
If you’re a lucky one.
Be grateful and be humble,
And share them with someone.

But one thing we must remember,
We are not the one to thank.
There is a higher power here,
That we must give first rank.

I am thankful for my life,
And all that it holds.
I’m excited to see what’s next for me,
Let’s see how it unfolds.

5. A Million Thank Yous

       by Anonymous

This is a thank you poem that could be used for any type of relationship. It expresses gratitude for a particularly generous gift or important favor.

I would write a million thank yous
If I thought anyone would say
Just how much I am grateful
For what you did today

I will not write a million thank yous
Because that would take too much time
But just know I am truly thankful
For what you did for me and mine.

Short Gratitude Poems

Short gratitude poems are easier to read and understand so most people love reading short poems on gratitude. Here are some great appreciation short thank you poems you should send to the people you love and appreciate in your life.

1. What’s The Use

       by Douglas Malloch

What’s the use of always weepin’,
Making trouble last?
What’s the use of always keepin’
Thinkin’ of the past?
Each must have his tribulation –
Water with his wine;
Life, it ain’t no celebration,
Trouble – I’ve had mine –
But today is fine!

2. The Value of Little Things

       by William Cutter

What if the little rain should say,
“So small a drop as I
Can ne’er refresh the thirsty earth,
I’ll tarry in the sky!”

What if a shining beam of noon
Should in its fountain stay,
Because its feeble light alone
Is not enough for day!

Doth not each rain-drop help to form
The cool refreshing shower?
And every ray of light to warm
And beautify the flower?

3. Trees

       by Greta Zwaan

Oh, the splendour of the autumn when the shades of colour glow;
When the trees dressed in their glory stir up shadows to and fro.

When the twilight sun is sinking, dusk embraces Mother Earth;
What a joy to catch the splendour, moments of unmeasured worth.

Stop a while and ponder nature, thank the Lord for all you see;
For our use and for their beauty, God created every tree.

4. Written in a Little Lady’s Little Album

       by Frederick William Faber

Hearts good and true
Have wishes few
In narrow circles bounded,
And hope that lives
On what God gives
Is Christian hope well founded.

Small things are best;
Grief and unrest
To rank and wealth are given;
But little things
On little wings
Bear little souls to heaven.

5. Thanksgiving

       by Edgar Albert Guest

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for a while at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

Inspirational Gratitude Poems

Some gratitude poems are so inspiring that you realize how important it is to be grateful. A gratefulness poem can do wonders in your life. If you are looking for inspirational gratitude poems, take a look below.

1. Butter

       by Elizabeth Alexander

My mother loves butter more than I do,
more than anyone. She pulls chunks off
the stick and eats it plain, explaining
cream spun around into butter! Growing up
we ate turkey cutlets sauteed in lemon
and butter, butter and cheese on green noodles,
butter melting in small pools in the hearts
of Yorkshire puddings, butter better
than gravy staining white rice yellow,
butter glazing corn in slipping squares,
butter the lava in white volcanoes
of hominy grits, butter softening
in a white bowl to be creamed with white
sugar, butter disappearing into
whipped sweet potatoes, with pineapple,
butter melted and curdy to pour
over pancakes, butter licked off the plate
with warm Alaga syrup. When I picture
the good old days I am grinning greasy
with my brother, having watched the tiger
chase his tail and turn to butter. We are
Mumbo and Jumbo’s children despite  
historical revision, despite
our parent’s efforts, glowing from the inside
out, one hundred megawatts of butter.

2. Go Show Your Gratitude

       by David V. Bush

Someone along life’s rocky road
Gave you a helping hand,
And as you toiled beneath your load,
Proved he could understand.
Since then a host of years extend;
Successful thoughts intrude;
But have you thanked your faithful friend?
Go show your gratitude!

Some teacher his devotion lent
That you might wiser grow.
And ever watched with kind intent
Your footsteps, sure but slow;
Today you’ve won, while he has not,
But he your fortune made;
So share with him your happy lot,
And thank him for his aid.

Your mother sits at home today
Grown wrinkled with the years,
Yet once she smoothed life’s troubled way,
And calmed your boyish fears.
Go to her now, ere it be late.
And gratefully confess
That most of all she built your fate
With care and tenderness!

3. Tell Him So

       by Anonymous

If you hear a kind word spoken
Of some worthy soul you know,
It may fill his heart with sunshine
If you only tell him so.

If a deed, however humble,
Helps you on your way to go,
Seek the one whose hand has helped you,
Seek him out and tell him so!

If your heart is touched and tender
Toward a person, lost and low,
It might help him to do better
If you’d only tell him so!

4. Ingratitude

       by William Shakespeare

Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou are not so unkind
As man’s ingratitude;
Thy tooth is not so keen
Because thou are not seen,
Although thy breath be rude.

Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky,
Thou dost not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot;
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy sting is not so sharp
As friend remembered not.

5. Guest House

       by Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Beautiful Gratitude Poems

The most beautiful gratitude poems are gathered below for you. These poems describe the beauty of this world. Here are all the beautiful poems of gratitude you have been looking for. Read them all one by one.

1. Hymn of Gratitude

       by Daniel C. Colesworthy

God of the hills and verdant plains,
I bless thy ruling hand:
The drifting snows and gentle rains
Are sent by thy command.

The opening spring is decked by thee
With each delightful flower;
And every leaf and bud I see
Bears impress of thy power.

The ripening summer’s burning sun;
The winter’s piercing cold;
The changing seasons as they run –
Thy wisdom, Lord, unfold.

The joy that centres in my cot,
No less thy wisdom owns:
With rural happiness my lot,
I cannot envy thrones.

Love dwells within my peaceful breast
At every morning’s dawn;
And when the sun sinks in the west,
My cares are all withdrawn.

Although secluded from the mart
Where crowd the thoughtless gay;
Where, in the scenes that vex the heart,
Men waste their lives away –

Beside the hill, the purling brook,
Glad Nature’s fond retreat,
With gratitude to Thee I look,
And songs of joy repeat.

For lot so blest, my voice I raise,
Almighty God, to thee!
Thou needest not an angel’s praise;
Much less such praise from me.

But I will bless thy bounteous hand
For all the gifts bestowed:
Before my heart could understand,
Ten thousand thanks I owed.

2. Be Thankful

       by Anonymous

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

3. Remember

       by Anonymous

Remember the blind –
The sightless ones, whose eyes can never see –
The beauty of the lovely earth –
The glory of a tree.

Remember the lame, on crutches bent,
For they can never know –
The thrill of movement – running, free –
With strong swift limbs aglow.

Remember the deaf, the lonely deaf,
For they have never heard –
The wonder of a human voice –
The rapture of a bird.

Remember the dumb –
With speechless lips –
In silence set apart –
Who never can express in words the longings of the heart.

And so if we grow bored and dull
As down life’s path we drift…
Remember – and be thankful for
Each good and perfect gift.

4. Thanksgiving Deferred

       by Anonymous

I bless Thee, Lord, who hast restored my sight;
Where were my thanks through all my years of light?

Thou liftest me again; Thy praise I tell;
Where was my gratitude before I fell?

Thou healest me; glad thanks to Thee belong;
Alas, my thankless heart when I was strong!

My fetters Thou dost loose; all praise to Thee!
And yet I praised Thee not when I was free.

I bless Thee, who dost all my ills remove;
But ah, when all was well, where was my love?

5. Gratitude

       by Jennie Mast

God’s creatures, o’er his vast creation,
Regardless of their situation,
Wealthy or of lower station,
Owe a debt of gratitude.

Grateful every heart should be
For this land of liberty;
Lovely woods with templed hills,
Leafy grove, and flowery dells.
O’er our fields of waving grain
Cometh oft refreshing rain;
Thus the Giver of all good
Supplieth with abundant food.
But the heart in sinful state
Ever fails to compensate;
From the restless multitude
Is heard no song of gratitude.
But the humble child of grace
Often seeks a quiet place,
Meekly counts God’s blessings o’er –
If needy, asks his Lord for more.
Sometimes through necessity
Cometh good we fail to see.
Though the fig-tree blossom not,
Never think the Lord forgot;
Trusting, you will yet rejoice,
Praising God with cheerful voice.
Is a loved one taken home?
Glad to know they’ve gained a crown,
Though so grievous ’tis to part,
From the truly grateful heart
No rebellious thought or word
Rises ‘gainst the loving Lord,
But with tears of gratitude
Own the Father’s will is good.

Ah! would not thy heart be grieved
Had thy child from thee received
A gift in answer to its cry –
Claim the gift but pass thee by?
Lo, thy love he counteth naught;
For, with selfish motives fraught.
Greed, and cold ingratitude,
Frame an unkind attitude.

O ye saints, while life prolong,
Praise the Lord in prayer and song.
Fainting though thy heart may be,
A song of praise will strengthen thee.
When dark clouds are looming near,
Whisper o’er a grateful prayer,
And while urging this request,
Bring him homage for the last.

Grateful Gratitude Poems

We are never too late to adopt a habit of being grateful for your blessings. If ever you feel low, you should read these grateful gratitude poems to boost up your morale. These poems about being grateful will help you out.

1. A Life Full of Gratitude

       by Catherine Pulsifer

May my life be full of gratitude
May it be shown in my attitude
By the way that I act
And with any and all contacts.

Let my appreciation show
Expressing it quickly not to slow
For those who have helped me along
Even when I was stubborn and wrong.

May the kindness that was shown to me
Be kindness that I return so easy
May I always lend a hand
To a child, woman, or man.

You see a life of gratitude is one
That makes you appreciate all that is done.
You count your blessings every day
From the time you are young until you are gray.

2. Home

       by Bruce Weigl

I didn’t know I was grateful
for such late-autumn
bent-up cornfields

yellow in the after-harvest
sun before the
cold plow turns it all over

into never.
I didn’t know
I would enter this music

that translates the world
back into dirt fields
that have always called to me

as if I were a thing
come from the dirt,
like a tuber,

or like a needful boy. End
lonely days, I believe. End the exiled
and unraveling strangeness.  

  

3. Praise Song

       by Elaine Handley

We are tattered bits of cloth
looking for pattern
in the dependable void.

At dusk, when fevers rise
colors are more beautiful:
the day rinsed of its complaints,
weariness gentling us.

Gray of rock or guns?
Startle of red bird in pine
or blood in ripe grass?
Golden sunglitter on sand
or dazzle of bombs?
Blue Giotto snow or planeless sky?

Fiery end, stars ignited in blackest night.
Mud, bamboo, diamonds, steel,
gold, bolts of fabric, paper and pen.
Who is to say what is more useful
or what feeds us best?

We have our work: stitching passion
to another’s.
Witness how well we quilt ourselves
into something
useful
from singular
desolation.

We have tools: eyes to watch, hands
to soothe, our minds to fasten to
breath, our breath to words, to curse,
to praise our ragged world.

4. Mother Country

       by Richard Blanco

To love a country as if you’ve lost one: 1968,
my mother leaves Cuba for America, a scene
I imagine as if standing in her place—one foot
inside a plane destined for a country she knew
only as a name, a color on a map, or glossy photos
from drugstore magazines, her other foot anchored
to the platform of her patria, her hand clutched
around one suitcase, taking only what she needs
most: hand-colored photographs of her family,
her wedding veil, the doorknob of her house,
a jar of dirt from her backyard, goodbye letters
she won’t open for years. The sorrowful drone
of engines, one last, deep breath of familiar air
she’ll take with her, one last glimpse at all
she’d ever known: the palm trees wave goodbye
as she steps onto the plane, the mountains shrink
from her eyes as she lifts off into another life.

To love a country as if you’ve lost one: I hear her
—once upon a time—reading picture books
over my shoulder at bedtime, both of us learning
English, sounding out words as strange as the talking
animals and fair-haired princesses in their pages.
I taste her first attempts at macaroni-n-cheese
(but with chorizo and peppers), and her shame
over Thanksgiving turkeys always dry, but countered
by her perfect pork pernil and garlic yuca. I smell
the rain of those mornings huddled as one under
one umbrella waiting for the bus to her ten-hour days
at the cash register. At night, the zzz-zzz of her sewing
her own blouses, quinceañera dresses for her nieces
still in Cuba, guessing at their sizes, and the gowns
she’d sell to neighbors to save for a rusty white sedan—
no hubcaps, no air-conditioning, sweating all the way
through our first vacation to Florida theme parks.

To love a country as if you’ve lost one: as if
it were you on a plane departing from America
forever, clouds closing like curtains on your country,
the last scene in which you’re a madman scribbling
the names of your favorite flowers, trees, and birds
you’d never see again, your address and phone number
you’d never use again, the color of your father’s eyes,
your mother’s hair, terrified you could forget these.
To love a country as if I was my mother last spring
hobbling, insisting I help her climb all the way up
to the U.S. Capitol, as if she were here before you today
instead of me, explaining her tears, cheeks pink
as the cherry blossoms coloring the air that day when
she stopped, turned to me, and said: You know, mijo,
it isn’t where you’re born that matters, it’s where
you choose to die—that’s your country.

5. Flower and Thorn

       by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Four bluish eggs all in the moss!
Soft-lined home on the cherry-bough!
Life is trouble, and love is loss—
There’s only one robin now.

O robin up in the cherry-tree,
Singing your soul away,
Great is the grief befallen me,
And how can you be so gay?

Long ago when you cried in the nest,
The last of the sickly brood,
Scarcely a pinfeather warming your breast,
Who was it brought you food?

Who said, “Music, come fill his throat,
Or ever the May be fled”?
Who was it loved the low sweet note
And the bosom’s sea-shell red?

Who said, “Cherries, grow ripe and big,
Black and ripe for this bird of mine”?
How little bright-bosom bends the twig,
Sipping the black-heart’s wine!

Now that my days and nights are woe,
Now that I weep for love’s dear sake—
There you go singing away as though
Never a heart could break!

Appreciation and Gratitude Poems

You should start appreciating every person in your life whether it’s your parents, siblings, children, friends or your partner. With these poems about gratitude and appreciation, you can express your feelings well. Use one of these poems about being thankful for someone to show your love to your partner.

1. Thanksgiving

       by James Whitcomb Riley

Let us be thankful – not only because
Since last our universal thanks were told
We have grown greater in the world’s applause,
And fortune’s newer smiles surpass the old –

But thankful for all things that come as alms
From out the open hand of Providence: –
The winter clouds and storms – the summer calms –
The sleepless dread – the drowse of indolence.

Let us be thankful – thankful for the prayers
Whose gracious answers were long, long delayed,
That they might fall upon us unawares,
And bless us, as in greater need we prayed.

Let us be thankful for the loyal hand
That love held out in welcome to our own,
When love and only love could understand
The need of touches we had never known.

Let us be thankful for the longing eyes
That gave their secret to us as they wept,
Yet in return found, with a sweet surprise,
Love’s touch upon their lids, and, smiling, slept.

And let us, too, be thankful that the tears
Of sorrow have not all been drained away,
That through them still, for all the coming years,
We may look on the dead face of To-day.

2. Give Thanks

       by Julie Hebert

The days we do give thanks,
We are grateful for what we were given.
The house, our family and friends,
And what waits for us in Heaven.

But there are more than the eye sees,
And more we should give thanks.
Our lives are more than people and objects,
Their more than what’s in the banks.

Have you ever thought,
What it would be like.
To live in a world of anguish,
A world full of strife?

Be thankful for your surrounds,
The safety to walk down the street.
The schools and abilities to learn,
And the food we sit down to eat.

3. Lucky me

       by Nathan Wells

Oh lucky me
I have my friends
I have beginnings
I have my ends
I have control
I have my head
I have my roof
My door and bed
Oh lucky me
I have been blessed
With time to work
And time to rest
Food to eat
And wine to drink
And time to just
Sit down and think
Oh lucky me
I have the love
Of my mother & father
And those above
I have their knowledge
When I fret
Because I ask
And so I get
Oh lucky me
I have so much
That I can just
Reach out and touch
And even though
This is all mine
There is more to come
How divine

4. Thanksgiving

       by Wilhelmina Stitch

Thank God for this!
That once again we are alive to greet the spring;
To smell the earth, fresh-washed with rain
To watch each little growing thing;
And, watching, feel each bud and leaf
Are symbols of the death of grief.
To think we’re privileged to see laburnum’s graceful gold cascade;
The pink and white fragility of dainty springtime’s hill and glade;
And seeing, feel desire to praise
The Source of all these beauteous days.

Thank God for this!
That we can feel a burgeoning within the heart;
That springtime has the power to heal the wound of grief,
Its pain and smart;
Reveal a new and friendly earth where blossom joy and cheer and mirth.

Thank God for this!
We see His face framed in the loveliness of spring,
We see the workings of His grace in every little growing thing.
We see His face, we hear His voice
Bidding all downcast souls rejoice.

5. Barren Trees

       by Greta Zwaan

The summer sun has weakened, its rays no longer strong;
The leaves have changed their colors; it’s fall before too long.
The trees have become barren; the wind removed their clothes;
Forlorn they stand there naked, reflecting on their woes.

In spring they’re rich with blossoms, their fragrance fills the air;
Proud sentinels, like soldiers, they move and sway with flair.
Their summer fruit is plenteous, their boughs bent down with weight;
Delicious, sun-drenched offerings, the quality first rate!

Then comes the fall, the harvest, the fruit is gathered in;
The trees have done their duty, they’ve served their land again.
But now they’re not producing, they’ll have a well-earned rest;
And mankind might applaud them; they’ve done their very best.

Gratitude Poems for Life

Some poems are engraved in your heart for a lifetime and you can’t take them out of your mind. We have gathered a collection of poems about gratitude for life. Be thankful poems are what you are looking for.

1. To My Family

       by Peyton A. Goad

To my family
Who supports me,
Loves me,
And cares for me.

They have made me who I am today,
And they have raised me right.
I am still learning from them,
And they are still there.

You have made me a very happy person,
And I am so thankful.
I pray to God above
And thank him for my wonderful family,
How he has given me this special one.

I want you to know,
I love you so.
Thank you for 11 wonderful years,
And thank you for bringing me into this world.

2. Treasures

       by Patricia L. Cisco

Treasures come in so many ways:
the sun that lights the cloudy days,
a rainbow from a summer shower,
a rose that blooms within an hour.
Yes, treasures come in so many ways.

A baby’s staring, wandering gaze,
a dolphin’s dance on ocean waves.
Yes, treasures come in so many ways.

The heart beats of two souls in love,
a beautiful white and peaceful dove.
Yes, treasures come in so many ways.

A sky full of snowflakes of rarest form,
a cup of cocoa to keep us warm.
Yes, treasures come in so many ways.

A house full of family on holidays.
For these treasures we should give God praise!
Yes, treasures come in so many ways.

I could keep on counting for days and days!

3. The ABC’s of Thanksgiving

       by Anonymous

Although things are not perfect;
Because of trail or pain;
Continue in Thanksgiving;
Do not begin to blame;

Even when the times are hard;
Fierce winds are bound to blow;
God is forever able;
Hold on to what you know;

Imagine life without His love;
Joy would cease to be;
Keep thanking Him for all the things;
Love imparts to thee;

Move out of “Camp complaining”;
No weapon that is known;
On earth can yield the power;
Praise can do alone;

Quit looking at the future;
Redeem the time at hand;
Start every day with worship;
To “thank” is a command;

Until we see Him coming;
Victorious in the sky;
We’ll run the race with gratitude;
Xalting God most high;

Yes, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad; but . . .
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

4. Perhaps the World Ends Here

       by Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite

5. God Deserves the Credit

       by Greta Zwaan

I have a goodly heritage, the blessings flow my way;
Great beauty, peace and majesty are granted me each day.
There’s peace of mind and peace of heart and freedom in my land,
Not brought through what I have achieved, not by the will of man.

These are the gifts passed on from God, not something I have earned,
But grace and mercy touched God’s heart, which man cannot discern.
Why should my God, a holy God, pay mind to lowly me?
While others are afflicted and longing to be free?

This land of grace, my Canada, that shines from coast to coast,
United Nations claims it’s first! And, oh how we do boast!
Should not the credit go to God who made all things from dust?
Who gently holds the universe, whose power we can trust?

Yet man-made laws have ruined so much, directing his own way,
Not heeding laws that God assigned, but setting things array.
Oh, God, have mercy, turn us back, that we might seek Your face,
Forgive us for our wayward life, extend once more Your grace.

Create in us awareness of what You’d have us do,
Help us to recognize the fact that we owe all to You.

Gratitude Poems for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an event people love to celebrate all around the world. Here are some poems of Thanksgiving and gratitude you can send to your loved ones on that event. Read all these Thanksgiving thankful poems before Thanksgiving.

1. Being Thankful

       by James T. Atkins

I could list the gifts I’m thankful for and write until next week.
My health, my eyes, my darling wife, granddaughter’s rosy cheeks.

Treasured friends, that If I called, would say, “I’m on my way.”
A precious mother, that lucky me, turns eighty-one today.

Children I’m so proud of, sisters that make me smile,
little ones that call me Pops; my list could reach for miles.

A soldier in some foreign place, assuring liberty for me,
a sunny sky, a frosty morn, a blue-green shimmering sea.

I’m thankful that in this land I love, we’re free to disagree,
where we aspire to so much more than mediocrity.

I keep this mental list of gifts and add to it each day,
like God’s unique and precious love, whose patience never sways.

A similar list, I know you have, so think on that awhile,
and be thankful, friends, that everyday our gifts outweigh our trials.

2. Thanksgiving

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hang 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 own our lives
And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.

But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble.
Farseeing is the soul and wise
Who knows the mask is double.

But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.

And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

3. Thanks

       by W. S. Merwin

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
standing by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
taking our feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
thank you we are saying and waving
dark though it is

4. Thanksgiving Day

       by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood–
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
To have first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
“Ting-a-ling-ding!”
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barn-yard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow–
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood–
Now grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

5. Be Glad and Thankful

       by Anonymous

Little children, are you tempted,
Sometimes, to be cross and fret,
Just because you cannot always
Have your selfish wishes met?

Did you ever for a moment,
Think how very rich you are,
In that little hand so clever,
Full of grace and beauty rare?

Close those eyes so full of sunshine;
Let them never see the light;
Grope your way here ever after;
Let your life be one long night.

Or let sickness touch your body;
Lay you on a bed of pain;
Bid those little feet so active,
Never run and play again.

Now, dear children, tell me truly,
For your hands, or eyes, or health,
Shall I give you gold or silver,
Till you are increased in wealth?

Shall it be ten million dollars,
In your coffers I will pay,
And from out this three-fold blessing,
You will give one strand away?

O, no, no! not for one moment,
Would you hesitate to choose;
You would quickly spurn my offer
Rather than these blessings lose.

Learn then to be glad and thankful,
And with all things be content;
For behind each little trial
Is a needful lesson sent.

Gratitude Poems in English

English is a language that is understood by most people in all corners of the world. These poems on gratitude in English can be easily translated to other languages too. Check out this collection of thankful poems.

1. What Am I Really Thankful For?

       by Greta Zwaan

What am I really thankful for? Abundant supply, enough and more?
A warm, cozy home with carpeted floor? Safety behind the lock on my door?
Oh, yes, I admit I take comfort in these: the joys of my life, the pleasures, the ease.
I’m happy for freedom to do as I please, attend social evening and afternoon teas.
Consider the fact that I’ve worked to obtain, through the strength of my body, material gain.

I accomplished great things, I did it with strain, sometimes with heartache and even with pain.
But I’ve carved for myself a name that is known, important position, esteem that has grown.
Perhaps, in the process I’ve trampled a few who could not decipher the tricks that I knew,
Some gullible men who trusted my word, they accepted my plans and all that they heard.

But when you consider the gains that I’ve made, I can’t stop to worry or go to their aid.
We all know the saying, “Look out for your own,” so I’m my own maker, a fact that’s well known.
Perhaps in the future I’ll ease off a bit, but now is the time to “get all you can get.’
Maybe tomorrow I’ll think about God, and even consider His staff and His rod.

Someone once told me He created the earth, upholds and sustains it, and gave all things birth.
I’m really not certain that that could be true; I do believe that your life’s up to you.
If God is creator and all man is His, then why do I struggle just to find bliss?
I’ve worked since my childhood to get what I craved, to find satisfaction from earnings I’ve saved.

I’m still not content, there’s got to be more – the end of the rainbow, that faraway shore.
I’ll keep on achieving and persevere through; it’s my only solution, that’s all I can do.
If you find a method that’s better than mine, I wish you would tell me or write me a line.
A way of rejoicing, for peace and contentment; a satisfied heart and no more resentment.

I’ve not much time left for I’m climbing in years, and as I grow older I’m discovering fears:
Fears of tomorrow, of things that might be; if you have the answer then help set me free.
I’ve no other method, I’ve no other way, but if you can help me, then help me TODAY!!

2. Thank You!

       by Joanna Fuchs

I really appreciate you,
Your helpful, giving ways,
And how your generous heart
Your unselfishness displays.

I thank you for your kindness,
I will not soon forget;
You’re one of the nicest people
I have ever met.

3. Night’s Blessings

       by Eldred Herbert

When I go to bed and cannot sleep,
I don’t waste time by counting sheep;
I count all my blessings, one by one,
From the early morn tiill the settling sun;
The day so new, the sunrise so clear,
I started my day with thankful prayer;
Thanked God for husband and children two,
Freckled-face boy, girl with eyes of blue.

Thanked God for ability to work,
And from life’s battle I did not shirk;
I thanked Him for guidance through the day,
He is my Buckler from tempter’s sway.
And when I was tempted to be rude,
I turned to my Lord in solitude;
His strength sufficient, my soul restored,
Just one more blessing from the Lord.

When day is done and I lay in bed,
I feel God’s blessing upon me spread.
If you are restless and cannot sleep,
Just count your blessing’s instead of sheep;
You will find the solitude is right,
You will feel His presence in the night;
Then rest shall come, repose in sleep,
When you count blessings instead of sheep.

4. You Didn’t Have To

       by Joanna Fuchs

Thank you for what you did;
You didn’t have to do it.
I’m glad someone like you
Could help me to get through it.

I’ll always think of you
With a glad and grateful heart;
You are very special;
I knew it from the start!

5. To All My Friends

       by Hauntie

That I could be this human at this time
breathing, looking, seeing, smelling

That I could be this moment at this time
resting, calmly moving, feeling

That I could be this excellence at this time
sudden, changed, peaceful, & woke

To all my friends who have been with me in weakness
when water falls rush down my two sides

To all my friends who have felt me in anguish
when this earthen back breaks between the crack of two blades

To all my friends who have held me in rage
when fire tears through swallows behind tight grins

I know you
I see you
I hear you

Although the world is silent around you

I know you
I see you
I hear you

Final Thoughts on Gratitude Poems

Gratitude is nothing physical but it’s a feeling; a feeling of being thankful for all that god has blessed you with. In all moments of despair, these gratitude poems are one thing that make you feel alive and happy again.

One should keep reading these gratitude poems so they never fall into a bad phase of depression. You can select one of your favorite poems about gratitude and stick it to your desk or your side table.

Your favorite gratitude poem can be the first thing you read in the morning when you wake up.

Every person should learn to appreciate others. All these poems that say thank you will help you in appreciating people who matter the most to you.

If you start telling people how much they mean to you and start appreciating every little thing they do for you, it will make a difference in your and their life.

Love, respect and gratitude is the key to a happy life.

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