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Why They Call It Thanksgiving

The unmistakable scent of damp wool coats drying,
Has a pleasant way of mixing with the aroma of fresh coffee,
Every seat in the livingroom is full, everyone watching TV.
Twenty four hours of, what else, football! football!!! football!!!
Parents and Uncles and Grandkids and Aunts, Sisters and Brothers and Kids,
New Boyfriends or Girlfriends whose names you can't remember,
The men and a couple of the "Grownup" girls gather on the glassed-in porch,
At halftime, to take a little shot of cheer and to remember other days,
Missing Dad and enjoying my mother's laughter and comforting her tears.
The immense dinner that gets better every year; don't ask me how.
Fixing a plate to take to Mrs Stuart who won't come, although she is welcome.
Past ninety she has no family left and is too proud to "intrude".
And Robert is home unwounded and safe, Our Son, my little boy no more.
Thank You Lord.

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  1. Date: 5/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
    WILLIAM, Congratulations, on having your poem featured on the Poetry Soup's home page. Hope you are enjoying the exposure. Hugs & Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/21/2014 2:57:00 PM
    a good write, Amen

  1. Date: 11/6/2010 1:29:00 PM
    That is such a nice and warm narrative of your family gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving. Notice the personal touches and comments in your write, which made it so picturesque and alive. Thanks for sharing. I am glad your son is back safe!! Thank you also for your kind comments on my poem. God bless. Caroline.

  1. Date: 11/2/2010 12:09:00 PM
    There is sooooo much to be thankful for Will! All the praise to The One who makes all these possible! Love your Narrative filled with warm images of family and friends. God bless you all. Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/2/2010 4:56:00 AM
    Nice write on the Thanksgiving Day, William