The prompt–in 50 words or less, share a Thanksgiving thought. As always, our thoughts tend to cover quite a range…
Why I Don’t Cook Thanksgiving Dinner Anymore
by Donna Johns
Family was coming in three hours.
Turkey was going in to roast.
Oven door fell off.
Duct tape didn’t work.
Gave thanks for Ken’s Steak House
And prime rib for Thanksgiving.
IN THE SOUP
by Betsey Ansin
Several friends know to save the turkey carcasses for me. Bedded atop marrow bones, stock, veggies, and herbs to suit any culture, a soup is born. Thanksgiving is frozen in time. And, like memories, can be recalled as needed.
Turkey carcass proud
The family feast simmers
If a cook stirs.
from Marjorie Roemer
This mandated time of giving thanks. Massachusetts vying with Virginia for its origin. Presidents changing the date, claiming each for a different cause. Still, it’s turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie that linger in the mind, the bounty of this American feast. It’s families and plenty, having enough and sharing it.
Two-Part Haiku by Dennis Greene
The walk to football,
With my neighbors and my friends,
Felt warm…I belonged.
I hope that our young
Can experience that warmth
On this Thanksgiving.
from Steve Goldfinger
In a memoir, Teddy White describes his older brother, a recent immigrant, at a school play reenacting Thanksgiving. Dressed as an Indian, the brother is handed food. His hilarious response: “Vos is dos traif?”
I wonder if recent immigrants like White’s brother are “traif” to some in America today.
Every Year, They Make Me More Nervous
Thanksgiving Haiku by Sue Wurster
The wild turkeys in my yard
Are toting pitchforks…
by Lydia Bogar
Bride’s First Thanksgiving
Her turkey roasts as snow falls–
The power stays on!
and from Larry Schwirian
I’m thankful to live in a country that is still perceived by many to be a beacon of hope in a state that values truth, justice, and the rule of law–and in a community that embraces racial, social, and religious diversity.