Thanksgiving 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Thanksgiving 2016

Every holiday, there’s a tradition in my family.

I write a poem for the occasion, and my cousin reads it to the entire family. It’s been close to a decade now that this tradition has been a family staple, but this year, I was hoping the writing/reading streak would come to an end.

I woke up Thanksgiving morning, and procrastinated for a couple hours before I finally sat myself down to begin working on the poem. After ten years, you would think I would run out of things to say and words to rhyme, and yes, it was a bit of a struggle. I wrote two poems simultaneously, waiting for one of them to “stick” and start to flow. But I wound up only getting through half of each of them before I gave up. So in total, I had a whole poem, but really I just had two incomplete ones.

A couple years ago on Thanksgiving, the poem reading was forgotten, and my cousin wound up reading two poems the following Christmas as compensation. I was counting on that happening again when I showed up poem-less on Thanksgiving this year.

Not so.

But luckily, Calvin Hobbes was right when he said the best fuel for creativity is last minute panic. Because with only five minutes to come up with something to appease the gathered crowd, I was able to come up with a poem that flowed and articulated everything my incomplete poems from the morning were missing, and my family was very happy.

Here’s what I came up with:

Oh my!
how time flies!
Is it Thanksgiving already?
What ever happened to slow and steady?
Quick! Take a breath.
Let’s be still for a moment
and appreciate it before it’s stolen.
Look around you, feel the love.
Turn around now, and give your neighbor a hug!
There’s a reason we’re all gathered right here today:
It’s our time to slow down, hit pause, and say…
Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving!
May we all be blessed another day.

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