Remember the “Thank-LESS”

During the day, that we give thanks,
We surround ourselves with families and friends,
And gather around the table.

The dining area is filled with echoes of laughter,
shining smiles, and happy conversation.
Before taking part in the spread of food and breaking bread,
We all pray and remember all the things we are thankful for. 

Many phrases are the ones we’ve heard before,
Repeated year after year, and may go something like this…

“I am thankful for my family.”
“I am thankful for my home.”
“I am thankful for the food that we have before us today.”
“We are thankful to be alive, to be able to breathe, and to have
woken up to live another day.”

But…have you heard about the thankless?
Did you remember the thankless?

When I say “The thankless,” I am not talking about those who are not thankful.
Or those who are foolish and may take life for granted…
I’m not talking about the people who are greedy,
Nor am I speaking about those who are evil.

I am speaking of “the thank-less.”
The ones who have LESS.
Who may wish for the very things that we are thankful for.

…Such as, the cold homeless man who 
slept outdoors under the overpass last night.
The single mother and her hungry children, 
who can’t make enough to feed her hungry children,
Who worries what she will feed them tomorrow.
Or the little girl who slept on a cot 
among many other homeless people in a shelter,
With her old well-loved ratty teddy bear, the only toy she owns… 

But - even though it may be the only toy she owns, she is thankful for it.
That little homeless girl is thankful to have a bed and warm blankets tonight.

And that cold homeless man who slept under the overpass, 
he was able to keep dry from the evening and morning mist.
For that, he was thankful for some type of shelter once again.


The single mother with her hungry children, was given a sack of groceries
from her local food pantry…
Now she will be able to feed her family for a few days.
That single mom is so thankful for the smiles on her childrens’ faces.

This season, and all year, I remember the thankless.
I will pray for the thankless.
For they may have less,
But are thankful for the little that they have.

Pray for the thankless.
They are still thankful even in their tough times.
Perhaps even we can learn a few lessons from the thankless…
… Maybe instead of being thankFUL, we could be more thankLESS…
It’s the little things in life that mean the most.  

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*When you come across someone who could be “Thank-less” please remember 
Hebrews 13:16: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have.”

Ariana R Cherry (Nov) 2022

Do you still remember?

It has been awhile since I visited and wrote in my blog. I need to get back at it again. So I thought today would be a good time to start with so much going through my mind…

After reading so many posts about remembering 9/11 today online and watching a few ceremonies that were streaming, I’ve had some thoughts cross my mind…

1) What indeed was a tragic event and always will be remembered as one, the unity that followed is something that is dearly missed. That day, we learned life was indeed short. We must stop hating one another, and we must come together to help others… During that time, Americans came together to ease each others’ grief, we shared stories, we sang together – our nation felt like we were all on the same team…

I wish we could find that same spirit again without such a horrible tragedy. You would think that after everything that has happened since 2020, we would be tighter as a nation, but sometimes, I feel like we are falling apart. I found myself not only remembering the lives that were lost on 9/11, but remembering the unity that has been lost, and mourning what we once were as a nation. As I grow older, I find myself “missing the good ole days.”

2). I also realized all of the different tragedies that have taken place in the last 21 years – from increased violence, school shootings, political parties unable to have discussions without tearing one another apart…. new viruses and diseases … Time may have passed quickly, but there has been so much hatred and sadness growing… EVery day I wake up, I try to find the positive in this shaken world.

3)… also – I am getting old. It is hard to believe that the events of Sept. 11, 2001 was 21 years ago. That day is still so fresh in my memory and I can never forget. So I ask you – Have you forgotten? I wonder how many others possibly could have forgotten?

4). Our nation is in need of love…. It needs to learn to love others and to stop hating… Why do we need a tragic event such as 9/11 to shake everyone up to learn how to love one another again? Why can’t we just stop the hate? I feel like that sometimes, so many lives have to be lost and worlds turned upside down for people to appreciate life and what they have….

I guess sometimes, I miss the innocence I had as a child. I wish there were times when I didn’t realize all of the trauma our nation/world has been through… Sometimes, it is easy to feel our world hurting when you stop “living life” for a second. We all need our world to be able to breathe again so that it will stop hurting.

……this is what was on my mind today, as I stopped to remember the day of September 11, 2001.

Poet & Podcast Host, Ariana R Cherry speaks with National Slam Poet Winner Gayle Danley

In this episode of Spoken Word Poetry, Ariana sits down and talks with poet Gayle Danley. She is a slam poet who has been writing and sharing poetry with the world for most of her life. Her electrifying live performances have garnered critical appraise. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Her TED-Ed Talk, “Five Steps to Becoming a Slam Poet” has received upwards 600K views to date. In addition to being one of the nation’s most sought after inspirational writers and speakers, Ms. Danley is also an acclaimed teaching artist who’s been working with young people for over 15 years. 

Sit down and listen as these two converse about life, poetry and our gifts. 

Spoken Word Poetry Interviews: Life and Poetry with National Slam Poet Winner, Gayle Danley

In this episode of Spoken Word Poetry, Ariana sits down and talks with poet Gayle Danley. She is a slam poet who has been writing and sharing poetry with the world for most of her life. Her electrifying live performances have garnered critical appraise. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Her TED-Ed Talk, “Five Steps to Becoming a Slam Poet” has received upwards 600K views to date. In addition to being one of the nation’s most sought after inspirational writers and speakers, Ms. Danley is also an acclaimed teaching artist who’s been working with young people for over 15 years. 

Sit down and listen as these two converse about life, poetry and our gifts. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you didn’t know this already, October is domestic violence awareness month. I myself left an emotional, verbal, psychological and financially abusive relationship back in late 2014. Today, I try to spread awareness in hopes to help others leave such kind of relationships. In light of it being October and to spread awareness, I designed a little art trading card. I am selling it with 50% of the profits going to local organizations who help victims. I hope to have a necklace design too.

Another thing you might not have been aware of is that I have a program titled, “A Normal Kind of Love,” in which I tell my own story and read poetry along with it. If you would like to help support victims of domestic violence, you can give donations to local organizations in your area, or feel free to purchase a copy of my book, “A Normal Kind of Love,” on Amazon. 50% of the profits will be going to local organizations who help victims. You can also buy an art trading card with a purple ribbon drawn on it – representing domestic violence awareness.

Click here to purchase the miniature artwork below.

Click here to purchase ” A Normal Kind of Love.”

Original Poetry & Art: Art of my Soul

ART OF MY SOUL

Fragments of my imagination,
Sparkle from regions of my creativity
and swirl from the depths of my soul.
The magic that flows from my fingers to paper,
spill into colors from the rainbow,
lighting up a once blank space.
The art that splatters the sheet of paper,
can sometimes express what 
I cannot say in words.
There are times, 
when all you need is a picture,
to spell out all of your feelings
from deep inside.
 
- Ariana R Cherry 2021

Shop for Art by Ariana in her Facebook Shop at: https://www.facebook.com/ArtandPoetrybyAriana/shop/

Original Poetry: Searching for Serenity

I wrote a poem about looking for peace in a chaotic world… Sometimes our world gets a bit noisy, and you try to find a patch of peace- wherever you can get it.

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