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Thanksgiving: A Hymn

 

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing

On overabundance of food and of drink

Dad’s watching the Redskins

The kids are in the playroom

And mom is in the kitchen

            slumped over the sink.

 

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At nine she commenced with the steaming and stuffing

At two, aunts and uncles and cousins arrive

At three, we sit down to the turkey and the fixings

At four, we are reflective,

            she's barely alive

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing

On rest, relaxation and sumptuous repast

And mom said to tell You­—

She’s much too tired to sing it—

She’s thankful that Thanksgiving

            is over at last.

 

O-ver at last!

 

From my book, Mercy, Lord! My Husband's in the Kitchen*

                                            *and Other Equal Opportunity Conversations with God

Published by Doubleday (hardcover) and Avon (softcover)