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Thanksgiving Day

Good One

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Good One

(in pandemic time)

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Watch the game

Through the phone

Or tablet

Or computer

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Eat with the group you know

And keep it small

A family parameter is fine

If not the number that

You’re used to

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Eat

Laugh

Play games

Clean up

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Pretty good, overall

Thanksgiving Day

Reborn in the USA

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Photo by Anastasiya Romanova on Unsplash

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Anticipation

Anticipation

(in pandemic time)

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A day of

Thanksgiving

Is a week or so

From now

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The Canadians

Had theirs on

Traditional

Columbus Day

And my sister’s

Birthday

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We could combine

The two (not

the birthday) and

Thank first people

For tying up our

Boats, once

We got here

And then have

A national apology

Day for what was

Done to them

Next and since

It’s going to be

A bitterer day,

Anyway

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Maybe we should

Thank the thankless

For a change,

Which would add

Some sweetness

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And bittersweet

Ain’t bad

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There’s wisdom

In it, for it’s

A quality

Both positive

And tempered

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A good

Thanksgiving,

USA, once we get

There and in

Anticipation

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C L Couch

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By Visitor7 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27155416

Ketchup Bottles at Fullers Coffee Shop

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(sorry, the image is especially enigmatic—a combination of the title, a song, and an advertisement)

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Psalm 16, a song of (USA) Thanksgiving (Day)

Psalm 16
a song of (USA) Thanksgiving (Day)

The Canadians had their day already.
I wonder if that’s because they’re
more easily, readily thankful.

In the USA, there’s so much to
be thankful for. I grew up in
Pittsburgh, and I like returning
there. Pittsburghers tend to
speak their minds, and their
minds are good. (Their driving’s
better, too.)

I have family. The five of us with
spouses, children of the new
generation, and pets (old, new). We
are scattered, which is sad, though
in our ways we keep in touch.

Friends I have, a small circle. And
I have made it smaller. Not the
happier of moves. But the friends
I have I cherish. They are good
for me, so good. They circle out
in nearness, which is the sense of
those we know and how and when.

I live alone and often feel the
peace of that. (I first typed pace
for peace, and I enjoy that too.)
I sleep badly, which means I have
hours of the day to be awake
and doing such as this. Would
someone else put up with that?

Hannah, my cat of nineteen
years. She is gone now, and
eighteen years were pretty good.
Then she faded fast. Not bad,
all in all. She was the queen and
I her knave. She ruled in blessed
benevolence, scolding me for what
is apt within the catly-noble
mind (which means daily
reprimand for not mind-reading
every whim). Still good, good-humored
company. Now a loss, though better
she go first. She awaits me on the other
side, ready to scold me what else I
missed in mortal time.

Mostly. I have you. Lord, I
know you love me anyway and
always. You love me in darkness
and in light. I am perpetually
astounded. And, yes,

thankful for this, all this, the
plenty that you give.

Thank you, Lord—Love, me

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