Thanksgiving 1999 Thanks
Sometimes it’s hard to choose one memory
to deem the most significant of all.
Thanksgiving, though, is different. I find
that one by far is sweetest to recall.
Thanksgiving 1999 would be
the final holiday we all would share.
We feasted, talked, and dozed all afternoon.
The next year, there would be one empty chair.
Our dying father wouldn’t make it through
the holidays. Though life would never be
the same, I smile remembering that last
Thanksgiving all the family would see.
Date: November 12, 2019
Contest Title: A Thanksgiving Memory Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Regina Riddle
Copyright © Janice Canerdy | Year Posted 2019