A Holiday Trio

Giving

The beauty
is in the gift,
the paper torn
and package opened,
treasure lifted out
in surprised wonder.
It may sit unused
on a shelf,
but it was something.

Pax Americana

It’s not
the turkey’s tryptophan
causing you to crash
bloated on the sofa
in a dull-eyed stupor.
It’s the onslaught of stuffing,
bean casserole and mashed potatoes
topped with a beer
or two or three
and a slice of Aunt Muriel’s
pumpkin pie.

A 7,000 calorie shot
of excess
and we blame the bird
who was minding his own business.

Third Thursday in November

It is a day of thanksgiving
for family,
for abundance,
for the ability
to watch grown men
crash into each other
full force
and fall down
grunting and swearing
hour after hour
in peace.

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