A Thanksgiving Feast (2021)
Lift your countenance for celebration
stand auspicious my dear Lady Fortune
bring food enough to share under the moon
inebriation and satiation.
I beg please sing your song and dance your dance
a time to greet unknown and make new friends
a time for family to make amends
who invited the old woman from France?
Let us give thanks to this harvest and flake
hand me those flowers I am your hostess
in the kitchen is Rosemary and Rue.
Upon the countertops items to bake
for Apple Pie served when we feel gracious
seasonal festivities will ensue.
Be merry gentle persons of this stage
the closest to God is the sheepherder
or callous fingers of a steel worker
this night the curtain rises to new age.
Forget desire remember your faith
forget all your lust remember your strength
to find this peaceful dinner at arm’s length
a week away November Twenty-Fifth.
Grace and Remembrance placed upon you both
to all who sit here strength and health to you
may each of you fall deeply into peace.
Along with red and orange fallen leaf earth
our need to gather with our family grew
before the snow and loss of Autumn Geese.
There is an art in creating nature
to find the secret art that nature makes
as centerpiece to many pies and cakes
these delicate delights begin to nurture.
We offer thanks from our wooden table
Lavender, Mint, Savory, Marjoram
to glance at various flowers sip Rum
and pass the stoneware while we’re still able.
Remember to wear you gloves smooth as snow
a mask to cover you face and your nose
no need for perfume or cologne this year.
How long since we have dined I do not know
to take the time to wear the best of clothes
and give much thanks to those who stand near.
Realize the art itself is nature
to find in winter blooms of Spring flowers
a chill November air to pass the hours
inside a fireplace a flame nurture.
Our voices never rise from a whisper
as we respect the rules of these households
an evening of gratitude unfolds
these memories this family scripture.
Our thanks well written epic Ballad
our prayers for reasonable affairs
and every year we age with grace and love.
Please pass gravy, roll, some Waldorf Salad
each dish prepared by hands desperate cares
and we will eat while snow falls from above.
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