(Un)Happy Thanksgiving

(Un)Happy Thanksgiving November 23, 2018


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Have the stuffing, she says

It’s quite delicious, she says

It won’t hurt a bit, she says

Have a bite


I can’t, I reply

I’ll get sick, I reply

My bones will hurt, I reply

I can’t eat gluten


(Happy Thanksgiving)


Just take some antacid, she says

Some headache medicine, she says

Oh, you’re still on that kick, she says

I eat it all the time


I’ve cheated, I reply

I’ve eaten it before, I reply

I couldn’t walk when I did, I reply

I’d like to sleep tonight


(Happy Thanksgiving)


This stuffing is good, they all say

This pie is grand, they all say

For these gifts we give thanks, they all say

For they are so bountiful


I am…silent, giving thanks for what I can’t eat

For camaraderie I’m no longer part of

For Mass I take risk for

Receiving Him and praying

His gluten doesn’t harm me


Happy Thanksgiving



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  • Ken Cullen

    Thank you Jen. TS would be proud of you. Your “Thanksgiving” reminds me of his “The Waste Land”…“My nerves are bad tonight. Yes, bad. Stay with me.
    “Speak to me. Why do you never speak. Speak.
    “What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
    “I never know what you are thinking. Think.”

  • Jennifer Riley

    Wow, thank you!! I never thought I’d get a compliment like that.
    Dang I need to reread that. It’s been a long time.

  • Ken Cullen

    The compliment is well founded. T.S. Eliot is one of my favourite poets his Four Quartets are a true work of art. He was an Anglican with “Catholic” tastes. If you haven’t already, you could also read the poetry of St. Therese of Lisieux, that amazing young nun who died at the age of 24 in 1897. Her entire oeuvre is available free on the Internet. Susan Emery’s translation is best.

  • Jennifer Riley

    I ADORE St. Therese’s poetry. I’ll have to look into it, I didn’t realize her collection was online! Thank you!