Happy Thanksgiving!

The Fourth Thursday in November

Laughter rolls
in from outside
where cousins play

Laughter bakes
into the cornbread
where cooks gossip

Crying onions
bubbling gravy
crackling turkey

All parade to the table
where we hold hands
in fidgety anticipation

As grandmother blesses
the feast and chats with Jesus
while our tummies grumble


The poem above is a collaboration with my friends at Charles House inspired by some Thanksgiving poetry I read to them, including James Whitcomb Riley, Joy Harjo and, of course, Lydia Marie Child.

And at the risk of seeming like a sentimental old fool, I am thankful for you, my dear readers. Happy Thanksgiving.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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15 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. Happy Thanksgiving . Enjoy💕

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving💙

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving 😊

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  4. Julydase says:

    Bittersweet. Takes me back to Thanksgivings when my parents were still alive—and old traditions that will never be gain. 💙

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  5. Cassa Bassa says:

    Thanksgiving dinner from a child’s eyes, lovely. My tummy is rumbling too.

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