“In Thanksgiving” and “Listening”

April 4, 2021

The Connect with Mercy Blog is celebrating National Poetry Month in April and continuing through the spring by running original poems written by members of the Mercy family. Many will be accompanied by images of paintings, photos and sculptures also sent in by Mercy creatives. Join us in this celebration of Mercy talent!

By Sister Michon Romajzl

In Thanksgiving

For rainbow’s arc
     and windmill’s turn,
For children’s sounds
     and wafting fern–

For dolphin’s leap
      and water’s fall,
For rain’s soft splash
      and tide’s recall—
           We Give Thanks.

For things that grow
      and things that die,
For earth’s rich silt
      and haystack’s high—

For kindled hearts
      and Mercy’s flame,
For friendship’s warmth
      when called by name—
           We Give Thanks.


Like the deer,
      on the edge of the wood.
Listening, listening,
      as if her very life
      depended on it.

So do I listen,
      listen to you
      my God.
      that my very life
      does depend on it.

Photo Credits:
— Photo of dolphins swimming: by Sister Victoria Incrivaglia. Used with permission
— Photo of deer walking in labyrinth at Mercy Center Burlingame. Used with permission.

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  1. Cathleen Cahill

    What a delight. Thank you

  2. Vicky Arndorfer,RSM

    Thanks for these refreshing thoughts on this day after Easter!

  3. Claudette Schiratti

    Thank you, Michon for these beautiful images.

  4. Jeanne ward

    LOVELY, Michon!

  5. Natalie Rossi

    Thank you for your inspirational poems and pictures. Blessed days

  6. Martha Meyer ,RSM

    Thank you for these beautiful thoughts, Michon. They are lovely.
    Blessings to you.

  7. Rose Marie Basque

    Thank you so much. A pleasure to read with much gratitude on such a gorgeous day!

  8. Jacquie Dewar, RSM

    Beautiful, Michon! Thank you for sharing.


    Just so Beautiful and uplifting! Bless you!

  10. Mary Jo Baldus

    Thank you, Michon! I’m inspired!

  11. Celeste Marie NuttmanRSM

    These give such joy! Thank you!

  12. Kathy Schongar

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Carol Mucha

    How lovely and inspirational … helps with my own prayer as well. And the photos add so much! Thank you both!

  14. Anthony DeCristofaro

    More! More! Encore! Why stop at two when you can share four?

    Thank you!

  15. Rita Parks

    Thank you, Michon! I love the rhythm of your first poem and the echoes of Psalm 42 in the second. Both lovely …