Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0078 Thanksgiving Day - Poem by Michael Shepherd

A celebration of the grace
of the past, or
a celebration of the grace
of today?

For thousands of years,
the Native Americans
whose origin is so mysterious
held, as do all the peoples in the world,
a celebration of the harvest
now brought home, rejoicing
in its abundant wealth and
offering gratitude to that source
from which it comes - as do we...

And how ironic, looking back,
that the Pilgrim Fathers, unprepared,
as many townsfolk among them were,
for the art of farming in a foreign land,
were taught, from those thousands of organic years
of experience, by those very native Americans -

Wouldn't you like to have seen, been there,
that day in 1621, as settlers
and the invited Indian chiefs
sat down together to celebrate the harvest
in brotherhood?

And then, today: beside remembrance of the past,
how beautiful to dedicate a day
to thinking, listing, all the many things
which we may be truly grateful for.
Will a day be long enough?

It's said, that every year
the day after the Thanksgiving feast
the wild turkeys of America, gathering,
as Native Americans of ancient, brown-faced line,
with lively turkey-trot and song and
stuffing themselves in rather
more natural ways, celebrate

Comments about 0078 Thanksgiving Day by Michael Shepherd

  • (12/17/2005 3:55:00 AM)

    What we Americans should really be thinking about on Thanksgiving Day - thank goodness we've still got foreign friends to help extend our perspective past the drumsticks and gravy.... Well done, Michael. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 24, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 23, 2006

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