Thanksgiving Thursday

Stuffing the bird

                        Stirring the pot

                                                Sprinkling the salt

                                                                         Polishing the spoons

Rolling the crust

                        Spreading the cloth

Greeting the guests

                                                                                                 Scraping the plates

White privilege and mashed potatoes

                                                Have a way of weighing us down.


Bitter words like

indigenous                    genocide                      Thanksgrieving

            had slowly replaced the sweet and savory in our November feast

Until one year we took a pilgrimage to Plymouth Rock

            to bear witness with the Wampanoag

who had declared it a National Day of Mourning

            like Tisha b’Av

They spoke of trespass—not gravy recipes

of atrocity—not football games


Get to know the tribe whose land you are on.

Tear up those silly Pilgrim hats.

Reject the Pilgrim platitudes.

Transcend the cheesy gratitudes.

Redeem the Day.         

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