Borne in the USA

(Thanksgiving Day 2017)


Those who can, eat too much

Those who can’t are often fed as well

There are parades that

Honor stores and industry celebrities

Though most of our parades are

Done that way


A magazine editor wrote

President Lincoln

Suggesting a holiday—

This was during the war when a respite

And a time for thanks would welcome relief

To all the tragedy

FDR secured it for the nation


We watch football, formed when

Athletes from Canada comprised a new event

With Harvard students

Canada has Thanksgiving Day at a different


I hope other cultures have it, too

Maybe you will tell me, and


In the mean time I’ll say thank you to you, mindful of

Respective situations


For you give me a reason


C L Couch



(photograph from Flickr)