Thanksgiving 2012


in my family is

diced giblets swimming in buttered broth, celery and cubed bread stuffing

Tom turkey stuffed and trussed and baked to tender perfection

It’s crackly skin oozing juice

It’s peeled boiled and mashed potatoes

seasoned gravy made from pan drippings

Crunchy French-fried onions atop green beans,

drenched in mushroom soup, marshmallow streaked yams  

chilled cranberry sauce

Ted’s chocolate cream and Safeway’s cherry pie,

its delicate chocolate hazelnut crème filled pirouette wafers,

orange sherbet, lactose free vanilla ice cream with hot fudge.

Its Sparkling cider, vanilla macadamia and chocolate raspberry coffee

Earl Grey and orange spice teas

So EAT like there’s no tomorrow, and then

put the fork down and eat some TUMS

Because Thanksgiving is a time to be together with family and friends,

It is a time to give thanks

to celebrate and reconnect

pull out the cell phone and CALL relatives


the friend you were mad at

It is a time to remember those who are less fortunate

to pardon the unpardonable, to set aside differences

to come together and share the joy and the bounty of the harvest.

Thanksgiving my dears is a time

to reset priorities

it is a time to plan, store up for the winter

to move ahead

to watch the parade

the game

smoke that pipe

swallow that pride

to be fully present in this chapter that is your life.


before the sun sets

the moon rises

the tide turns

the next tidal wave

disaster hits or some

motherless zombie comes to feast on your thigh bone

so be thankful for what you have

and remember to clean your plate

there are people starving in China, Africa, and India.

There are people dying in wars

people who have given their LIVES

so that we can eat turkey, put up lights and shop at the Mall.

so enjoy your Thanksgiving and be thankful, because we have much still

 to be thankful for.


©Cornelia Connie D. DeDona 11/22/12

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