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Living that Way

The river, the woods, and—oh, no!—the snow
Greet the season the grateful ones share,
When families gather and friends that we know
Partake in traditional fare.

The glory of autumn, the harvest so rich,
The crispness of winter draws near,
And fingers of ice grab the shore of the creek,
Cherished symbols of this time appear.

Not only in turkey and pumpkin and sleigh,
Though memories precious impart,
But also in honor, in its poignant way,
Thanksgiving comes into the heart.

The heartbeats of history thanks have expressed
When our land Thanksgiving declared,
Acknowledging how we all are so blessed,
It’s ‘thanks-living’ now can be shared.

©2010 Carol Morfitt

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