Thanksgiving

I am too much aware of death

and of its fanged bastard cousin

suffering

whose knowledge of me is, after all, intimate

and who has ever taken pains

to counsel me.

But today is Thanksgiving

And so away you

ghosts and goblins

endlessly chewing at my walls

Away, please.

For my wife

sleeps on the couch before me

having eaten her fill

of what on this day God

saw fit

to bequeath us.

Outside our door

the weakened light retreats and

the nerveless cold comes marching

sure to catch us

sure to chill us

and she will soon stir

and seek my warmth

and

delight

will be ours

still

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter. If you shop at Amazon, help support John by entering the site through this link right here--Amazon will then send John 3-4% of the cost of anything you buy before exiting the site again.

 

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    What Judy said.. but in a lower voice.

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    What Judy said.. but in a lower voice.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Wow. That's extremely nice of you guys. Thanks so much. It feels WEIRD, posting a poem—so it's nice that … I'm not getting hate mail over it, or whatever. Whew! THANKS!

  • Lynn

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing it John.

  • Lynn

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing it John.

  • Judy

    This is wonderful. It is transparent, intimate, joyful, and loving. Thank you for sharing.

  • Judy

    This is wonderful. It is transparent, intimate, joyful, and loving. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://mymenandme.wordpress.com Janelle

    While funny is real, this seems more… scary. Really, really lovely. Thanks.

  • Latoya

    With every post that you mention your wife, I see just how much in love you are :) Beautiful

  • Latoya

    With every post that you mention your wife, I see just how much in love you are :) Beautiful


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