Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Thanksgiving Poem ~ When You're Not Really There

When You're Not Really There

The table is set 
the guests to arrive
sometime near the stroke
of a warm pumpkin pie

The wishbone is saved
for big wishes this year
you pray that a miracle
follows your tears

The chairs
they are empty
and you are hard-pressed
to find something other
than memories bless

For there was a time
when love flowed like a wine
and children ran laughing
'round a table so fine

For there will be years
in holiday time
when you are the furthest
from everyone's mind

Sometimes the lonely you feel
is a curse
Would it be wise
to set years in reverse?

So look once again
at the feast you have made
Can you thank God for ghosts
or for guests overstayed?

If not, light a candle
for wisdom and sight
Be thankful you waded 
through waters at night

For no one is thankful
for farce and ill will
No matter the turkey and gravy
you spill

Was it love or long-suffering?
  malice or spite?
or did thanksgiving tables
wrong every right?

Ban from your offerings the forces of dark!
and faces that hover around on a lark
There will be others to join you in time
and no one will spoil what you offered in rhyme

Raise your goblet to past 
and then drink it all gone!
Pour another this moment 
for just you alone

If what you are seeking
brings turmoil and pain
it's better to stand in your peace
and refrain

For all in your life is not perfectly clad
with sauces and sweetness and
 loved ones of old
Your freedom
your peace
is worth china and gold

Dishes are memories
Gather your place
Tables are palettes
of love
and of grace

Surrender the ghosts
of remnants laid bare
and move through in freedom
you're not really there

A poem by Mimi Lenox
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Durward Discussion said...

For you there will always be a globe of companions all wishing you Dona Nobis Pacem

Mimi Lenox said...

Thank you, Jamie. I really like this rendition of "Dona nobis pacem" and appreciate the sentiment in this comment. Hope your Thanksgiving is full of blessings.

The Gal Herself said...

What a terrific poem! Such a melancholy sentiment! I wish I was with you, Mimi. And, in a way, I am. Decades ago, when I was new to the blogosphere, I was heading to a family gathering (Thanksgiving?) that was sure to be fraught with pain and tension. You told me I call you if things got too weird. You said that. I carry it in my heart forever.

You have made a difference in so many lives. More than you know.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Thanksgiving sure changes through the decades. Sigh. But what an amazing journey it has been. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mimi. Thank you for all you do in the cause of peace. I love your writing!

Mimi Lenox said...

Gal -

We have been blogging since before electricity.
Through thick and thin in only the way blog people can.
You made it through that family function in one piece.
And my offer always stands.

Mimi Lenox said...

Sherry - Thank you. Changes. Lord YES.

I saw online today that you have a new book of poems fresh off the press. Congratulations!! I will join the masses buying your work. Your poetry just keeps getting better and better. So thrilled to see it come through my Facebook feed!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Mickey's Musings said...

Such a lovely poem.
I can feel the emotion!


Mimi Lenox said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Nancy.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

It a fine poem. But the best days are ahead. You have to to wait for them...

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...
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Mimi Lenox said...

Bud - Thank you. I was feeling some kind of way when I wrote that Thanksgiving poem. It's been a very strange year.
But I know you're right and the best is just beginning.

Hope your 2020 is amazing!

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