|Signing the Mayflower Compact 1620, Art credit- Jean Leon Gerome Ferris 1899, Public Domain, internet site below|
Here's a poem for T-day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
"Thanks Abounds" by Jeno Berta
The trees are bare, yet our stomachs are full,
We keep the bitter cold at bay with fleece and wool.
The corn and soybeans are out of the fields,
Overall, pretty good yields.
High school football’s done for the year,
For our teams, we’ll always cheer.
The campaign commercials are no more,
Now that’s something to be thankful for!
This special day is side aside,
To gather with families after long car rides.
To share a meal served on special plates,
Don’t say, “I’m full,” for dessert awaits!
So bring forth the cookies and pumpkin pie!
I’ll have a second piece, I cannot lie.
In our house, “home made” pie means Hy-Vee,
And that’s just fine by me.
In the background, football is on,
A gridiron contest of speed, talent and brawn.
Turned up too loud, the TV blares,
Today even Packer fans cheer for the Bears.
Conversations will touch on the old and the new,
Relatives will marvel at how the kids have grew.
Someone will let slip what this Christmas will bring,
That (long-awaited) engagement ring.
Yes, my friends, today thanks abounds.
For many of us, love and friendship surrounds.
Could things be better? Why yes, of course.
Yet on this day let it be gratitude we endorse.
And let us take a moment to give special thanks,
To our military on duty of all ranks.
They will eat their meals far away,
Turkey and stuffing on a cardboard tray.
Next year, may you be home.