Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A thank you note











The kindness of strangers, indulgences of friends.
Someone who comes in from the very ends
of the earth, hands me a gift; and someone
else who doesn’t come in but still sends me tokens
of appreciation.  Books, and poems,
a frame, questions, an image of strings.
Grateful for all I receive, each of these things.
The intangible ways this wide universe
marks my doorstep.  I thank her with this verse.



You may think it’s nothing, a few coffee mugs,
the pile flattened in certain places on my rugs;
a badge here or there, pasted on the sidebar,
a guest’s shadow fallen on my walls, the arc
of a note straddling oceans. On my shoulder
the blessing of an unseen friend’s hand always.
The smiles of strangers threaded through my days.
The invisible ways this wide universe
wraps me tight and quiet. I thank her with this verse.






An incredible amount of happy things, small and momentous, have happened in May so far, and more is expected, which will keep me off the blog till next Monday. Thank you to those who have 'marked my doorstep', you know who you are, thank you to the ones who sent the books and badges and poems my way, and thank you to the one who's arranging the fun.  You know who you are too! My heart is on its knees, with folded hands :)





26 comments:

  1. That's because you have been the blessing of a good friend!

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    1. That is indeed a happy thought if i have been able to do that! Thank you!

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  2. The warmth and wonder of the blogosphere is a joy isn't it?
    I am so very glad that good things are finding their way to you. Like calling to like.

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    1. The blogosphere has been a source of lovely moments, great and small. Thank you for being part of many of them!

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  3. What a beautiful thank you note.. :)

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  4. Hi Nila - it is amazing world ... and we acknowledge those we love, who have helped many, and always been there for others ...

    Beautiful words - with thoughts and lots of thanks - Hilary

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    1. It is an amazing world, absolutely! Thank you for being part of mine!

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  5. you are gracious in so many ways. Lovely poem

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  6. Yours is a kind and generous soul, and you deserve any and all good things that brings your way!

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  7. It's nice to know that you're appreciated, isn't it?

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    1. Even nicer when people turn up from thousands of miles away to tell you of their appreciation :)

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  8. A lovely tribute to those who you care about and have supported you, Nilanjana. You are an inspiration to many - including me! Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thank you! wish you a great week ahead too!

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  9. Lovely. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. You do rock! Congrats on receiving a well deserved award.

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    1. Thanks. Struggle to believe that one deserves it, always a lovely surprise when they come my way :)

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  11. You definitely rock, Nila! A well deserved rockin' award! Go you! You are on a high. Good for you! :-)

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    1. Thanks Denise! Definitely on a high these past few weeks... :)

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  12. Congratulations. So well deserved.

    @Kathleen01930 Blog

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    1. Thank you. always a lovely surprise when it happens :)

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