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Nov 19 2012

On Thanksgiving and Gratitude

by Jnai W

Thanksgiving is on Thursday and the holiday has sneaked up on me this year. As of now my Turkey Day plans have not been solidified and the only signifier in my cupboard of any impending holiday feast is a can of jellied cranberry sauce (and I suspect it’s been sitting there since last year). Still, I’m finding that I’m slowly but surely getting into the spirit of giving thanks (turning off CNN helps a lot) and am taking stock of the things that matter most—family, friends and loved ones, colleagues and life in general.  With a great debt of gratitude owed to the internet, I’ve found many great poems in celebration and observance of Thanksgiving. Please allow me to share one of my favorites here:

by Edgar Guest

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

Happy Thanksgiving, Readers!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robbin P. November 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Thanks J’nai, I really enjoyed that poem. It really brought back good memories of past Thanksgivings.

Kay November 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

What a perfect Thanksgiving poem. Describes my extended family experiences to a “T.”
Thanks, and enjoy that cranberry sauce!

Chuck November 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Just lovely! Thnaks!

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