Thanksgiving

Gratitudethanksgivingpoem2

the appreciation of
gratefulness
an understanding
that you stand not alone

mindful of abundance
not dependent on it

honest thanks is given
freely, sincerely, often

with malice toward none,thanksgivingpoem5
charity for all

true

thankfulness is no
appreciation of
personal abundance

never simply

a pre-feast prayer of
appreciation for
a bountiful table

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giving of thanks
is acknowledgement
of your indebtedness

God, family, friends
countless life paths
crossed by forgottenthanksgivingpoem4
foes, friends, folks

authentic gratitude
begets awareness

appreciation of purpose
gratefulness of life
thankfulness to others

True
giving of thanks is
honest giving of self

Mark Lucker

Elapsed

this morning; turkey
sat stuffed, coveted. Tonight
you sit stuffed, turkey.

Thanksgiving, redux

drumstick, pumpkin pie;
gastronomic clich├ęs of
the non-routine day

Holiday

Thanksgiving eve; no
tree, lights. Gifts of thankfulness
will still be opened