Gratitude's Day

You know it’s Thanksgiving
when you peel your sweet potatoes
listening to the Macy’s parade,
when you cry during commercials,
drum corps, Rockettes kicklines
& Charlie Brown’s holiday meal,
when you play Yahtzee well into
the evening after an unplanned
but predictable nap on the couch,
when you hug your kids extra-long
& consider actually sending your
gratitude skyward in the form
of a soaring, bird-like prayer.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! #28 of 30 Poems In November to benefit Center for New Americans. With special love to Kirsten Piccini, who also tears up during the Macy's parade.