Pastoral Post 11.27.2020 | Rev. Keith Turman "We Canceled Thanksgiving Today"

We Canceled Thanksgiving Today

By: Rev. Keith Turman


We canceled Thanksgiving today and

We all agreed

The wind took the last of the leaves and

Blew our harvest meal away


Maybe December, Dad said and

We all agreed

Our emotions swept into a strange dance

Between sadness and relief


The reporter said don’t force your gratitude

Not this year

She said it’s okay to be not okay

And I said okay I’m not okay


It’s the first without Mom

I’m afraid I’ll forget the way she moved in the kitchen

And how she made the oysters and the gravy and

The moment


I said okay but

Will force it anyway because

A grateful heart remembers

And heals


We will not rue the day because

We all agreed

That the table remains and that the wind will blow the snow

When December comes

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