Notebook

Bitter & Sweet

Michael Leunig has a gift for putting his finger on things. He is almost always enlightening, often funny, sometimes infuriating. He can both write and draw with tenderness.

Here is an autumn prayer from his collection The Prayer Tree:

‘We give thanks for the harvest of the Earth’s work. Seeds of faith planted with faith; love nurtured by love; courage strengthened by courage. We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul, the bitter and the sweet; for that which has grown in adversity and for that which has flourished in warmth and grace; for the radiance of the spirit in autumn and for that which must now fade and die. We are blessed and we give thanks.’