Thanksgiving Ghosts

Sharing Stories

Most important ghosts, Mom & Dad, holding April.


I’ll set the table. Decoration, antique turkey candle. I’m not alone.

Round dining table, empty chairs—expressway to a memory phone.

I call-up Mom. Her basted turkey juicy, crisp brown—artistic ghost,

tasty festive food array—pretty as covers of Saturday Evening Post.

Aroma, berry pie drippings sizzling on foil-lined rack, smoky incense,

brings on a blissful Pavlovian response—taste buds dancing intense.

I call-up Dad. All dolled up, giddy laughter detailed a turkey dressing,

family with friends—control giggles—saying the Thanksgiving Blessing.

This year I will go to the deli for a turkey feast with savory side dishes,

start to dine on pie first—remembering years of Thanksgiving wishes.

April Ryan is a retired Seattle bus driver turned Seattle writer/poet whose recent poem was chosen for use in the Official Seattle Poet’s poetry blog!

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