Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Poem

We have a tradition of Thanksgiving Poems in our family. It started years ago, when I told the family that everyone was expected to read an original poem between turkey dinner and pie dessert. Bless their hearts, they've gone along with it ever since. They range from silly to serious, from turkeys to thanks, but they always bring the Thanksgiving spirit to the table.

Of course I can't post this year's poem yet. That would ruin the surprise! Plus I haven't written it yet. Haha!

But here's a poem from a couple of years ago, to get you inspired:


Sheets washed for company
Check the pantry for pecans
Final grades due by Monday
And make a new seating chart
Black olives, basmati rice, whole milk, cranberries, nutmeg, maple syrup.

Meanwhile, great clouds sail overhead—

The world is so wide.

Ten thousand miles or more away
Women cook their meals
Beneath the Southern Cross,
Knowing strange stars, strange names for
Father, mother, feast, friend.

I pat the pie crust into shape,
Hand movements echoed across so many hearths,
Pie crust, tortilla, flat bread,
Feasts for our families
Come, child, grandfather, uncle, cousin,

Come to the table
Hands stretched out in welcome
Come to our home, this place
Of feasting
Of family.

(Thanksgiving 2008)

1 comment:

JuliaKoponick said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to get started on mine for this year!!