A Thank You Letter

A Thank You Letter
Jesse Lee

Thank You, Almighty God
For taking the color
Of fertile earth
Rich, dark soil
The color of the Jordan Valley
And weaving it into my hair

For taking a summer
Leaf from a forest pool
That strange, damp color
Caught between green and brown
A tiny drop of lost Eden
And dyeing my eyes its hue

For taking the legacies
Of faithful Ruth
Of strong Esther
Of patient Elizabeth
And fashioning my bones
In their shape

For taking the songs
And poetry
The words and ability
To shape them
An echo from the mouth
Of David
And giving me my joy

Thank You, God of Creation
God of mountains
Of seas
Of sky and earth
And wonders
For believing the world
Needed me