Make Our Feast Ourselves

The adults we call our children will not be arriving
with their children in tow for Thanksgiving.
We must make our feast ourselves,

slice our half-ham, indulge, fill our plates,
potatoes and green beans
carried to our table near the window.

We are the feast, plenty of years,
arguments. I’m thinking the whole bundle of it
rolls out like a white tablecloth. We wanted

to be good company for one another.
Little did we know that first picnic
how this would go. Your hair was thick,

mine long and easy; we climbed a bluff
to look over a storybook plain. We chose
our spot as high as we could, to see

the river and the checkerboard fields.
What we didn’t see was this day, in
our pajamas if we want to,

wrinkled hands strong, wine
in juice glasses, toasting
whatever’s next,

the decades of side-by-side,
our great good luck.
~Marjorie Saiser “Thanksgiving for Two”

Even without family gathered around us this day,
we do have each other and that is a blessing in and of itself.
May we revel in our thanksgiving feast for two because,
through thick and thin and COVID,
we are still together.

7 thoughts on “Make Our Feast Ourselves

  1. It was just the two of us today, as well.

    Forty-two Thanksgivings and I believe this was the quietest one yet. We plan to have our family meal together on Sunday but tonight, we feasted on fish we caught ourselves, steamed broccoli, and cream corn out of a can. It was a perfect meal.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and thank you for sharing your words.

    Vicky Dudley Nacogdoches, Texas

    Liked by 1 person

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