thanksgiving 1952

Sharing Stories

Gobble, gobble


I remember finger-painting on steamy windows,

my name next to a fanned turkey tail,

or copy of feathered crepe paper centerpiece.

The words gobble, gobble: a turkey sung song.

Or yummy tastes, table feast—gobble, gobble.

A stuffed turkey filled the oven as my art dripped

down the sill, vaporized, as by a classroom eraser.

Window wet, colorless mist—oven baked pie, even

blackberry—or boiling corn on the cob, spun yellow

kernels expecting melted butter to slide down chins.

After friends arrive, with covered dishes, specialties

cooked for lip-smacking oohs, aahs, and “too yummy.”

A sunbeam shone into the dining room—a rainbow.

We glowed like a thankful pot of gold.


April Ryan is a Washington resident and frequent contributor to Sharing Stories and Poetry Corner.

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