giving thanks

cold turkey thaws in filled sink,

every year bigger butterball bird;

add honey ham to feed multitude

by marriage, births, or invitation.

gathered ingredients weeks ahead

cheesy baked corn aroma wafts up

daughter-in-love will make pies or

dinner rolls to bring to feast while

grandma feels a bit overwhelmed by

her family blessings and potato skins;

wipes tearful prayers on fresh apron.

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. paeansunplugged
    Nov 18, 2021 @ 13:50:11

    Such a beautiful and heartwarming tableau of family ties! Love it.


  2. Grace
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 16:30:51

    We had our Thanksgiving so I can appreciate all that rush to prepare the food. Love that tearful prayers on the apron.


  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 15:03:58

    So much food… for us it would be the smorgasbord for Christmas… so many dishes cold and warm…

    herring and salmon, pickles and beets, cabbage, sprouts, and brawn…. meatballs and ribs, potatoes and of course a big ham for everyone to share.


  4. Ingrid
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 13:22:43

    This sounds like the perfect family Thanksgiving!


  5. Helen Dehner
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 10:40:54

    A wonderful turn in this poetry ,,,, the point of epiphany.


  6. Jewish Young Professional "JYP"
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 03:48:15

    I love this one. Easy to picture Grandma thankful and overwhelmed by her growing family


  7. ben Alexander
    Nov 17, 2021 @ 02:49:21


    Lynn – this is so sweet!



  8. dorahak
    Nov 16, 2021 @ 17:23:24

    I could see this happening, Lynn, the tears of happiness between potato peels. Sweet epiphanies that lead naturally to prayer! Love that this Thanksgiving vision is re-enacted every year.


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