when Earth tilts away from the Sun
and the world lies dormant,
it's fitting to pause for a moment
and express appreciation for all that we have.
To express awe and reverence for the
nuclear furnace that formed this planet from interstellar dust,
the natural processes that organized its elements
into the carbon we are made of, and water,
that enables life to exist, to reproduce itself,
to be mobile, and conscious,
so we are able to appreciate our good fortune.
To thank our predecessors who
developed eyes to see the sunrise,
ears to hear music,
brains to understand
and a society to share all this.
Thank our fellow beings,
who share this earth
and who produce the oxygen we breathe,
the food we eat, the medicines we need,
and provide us with companionship.
Thank our ancestors who
freed us from superstition,
learned about the world
and passed on their knowledge
so that we enjoy the luxuries of our modern lives.
On a personal level, we thank
our parents for bringing us into this world,
and those who are here to share this day with us,
and not least, our fellow creatures,
who give up their lives
so that we might continue on
in this great cycle we celebrate.