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Uproar Sneak Peek: Gratitude Poetry Writing Exercise

As many of you know, in addition to running Pens Up Press, I facilitate Uproar Poetry Workshops. Here’s a sneak peek into one of the poems we’ve read together and done a writing exercise on in one of our workshops. To learn more about our Harlem and Bronx Uproar writing circles you can contact me at, 347-276-8344 or join the Uproar Poetry Group on Facebook.


Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

– Author Unknown,
Poem from


This writing exercise was created by Kristin Richardson Jordan for the Uproar Poetry group please give credit to Uproar Poetry as you use/share this exercise.

1) Think of 5 big disappointments that you’ve had in the past year
2) Write a poem turning these negatives into positives like the example above.

The lines of your poem should go “I am thankful for _____[your disappointment]___ because ____[your reason for being grateful]___”

I will try to post an example poem in the comments section.

Please write and share your own poem as well!

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