by HOWARD DIAMOND (November 5, 2021)
[Editor’s Disclaimer, the following article presents one perspective on Thanksgiving. For an alternate perspective, please read the National Day of Mourning, an annual protest organized and held since 1970. For those of us who are celebrating Thanksgiving, may we also remember the Native ancestors and the struggles of Native Americans today.]Wikipedia
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, Halloween has past
People ate candy like there will be no tomorrow
Taking stock of our lives cause it goes by very fast
Let us make November a month without sorrow.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, each year we get out and vote
Sometimes it is for the President of the United States
Candidates striving to be a hero and less like a goat
To make our country strong without any borders or gates.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, where veterans are remembered
Fighting around the globe for our continual freedom
Protecting everyone from our foes and never surrendered
Using all of the strength and all of the wisdom.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, remembering my dad
Dying forty years ago this month on the 23rd
Always wishing that were more years to be had
Mostly he was the one who carved the holiday bird.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, dreaming of a world without fear
A concept of humanity that is too far to touch
Holding hands with family and friends who are precious and dear
Really is this asking everyone in the world too much?
GOBBLE GOOBLE GOBBLE, ready to give our thanks
Do we even know what we are grateful for
Some of us have money in various banks
While others have little and are very poor.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, let us focus on turkey
Filling our stomachs with all that we dare
Focusing on the positive of what needs to be
Spending the day with those that care.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, plenty leftovers to eat
Getting through the period without any pains
Finishing last month by going trick or treat
Almost another month is done and only one remains.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, the last month begun
Pacing the day in a sequence making it easier to get through
Wrapping each gift one at a time needs to get done
Ending the year playing Auld Lang Syne to bring in 2022.
GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE, remember to “Stuff the bird, not yourself”
It is a good idea to be courteous and not to eat like the locals hogs
Remain truthful to others plus more importantly to oneself
Instead read poems plus articles and I’ll see you in the NewsBlogs.
HOWARD DIAMOND is a CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST from LONG ISLAND