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Last Thanksgiving Day

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Joyce Johnson
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0 posted 09-08-2001 07:10 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Joyce Johnson

I have
No memories of last Thansgiving Day,
Not one.
It was the first you know,
Without my son.
And yet,
My daughters tell me
That I served the meal
By my own hand.
As delicious, they say, as always
And just as grand.

It was just five years ago,
Another Thanksgiving day,
We got the call that told us
Their Granddad had passed away.
I had put the turkey in
And gone to bring him home
For just the day.
He was too weak to come, but told me
To greet them all.
I was making the gravy
When I got the call.

Every child and grandchild
Spent the day with me,
Though I offered to spare them
This sad memory.
The youngest grandchild
Three months old.
The rest will all remember, and
The story oft retold,
How Grandpa in his own flamboyant way,
Went to his new heavenly home
On that Thanksgiving Day.

My son was there with his strong arms
To help me all the way.
The others too, so loving and so dear.
I remember well
That day;
How they did all the work
And made me rest.
But last Thanksgiving Day,
My son no longer there.
The others thought perhaps,
I'd had time to repair.
Nine months to find my way.

I can't remember anything at all
Of last Thanksgiving Day.

By Joyce 11/20/2000
© Copyright 2001 Joyce I Johnson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 09-09-2001 06:02 AM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

A heartbreaking, beautiful written emotion you share with us Joyce.
(((((HUGS)))))
Marge Tindal
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2 posted 09-09-2001 08:41 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Oh, Joyce~
My heart feels every word of this sorrow~
I can only offer hugs and prayers~
and I do~
*Hugs*
~*Marge*~

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3 posted 09-10-2001 01:13 PM       View Profile for anonymousfemale   Email anonymousfemale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anonymousfemale

Oh this is so very touching and sad. Every line was heart wrenching. It's great that you have the ability to do this to a reader but the topic choice was indeed quite moving.

Thank you so much for the read. I enjoyed it.

~AF~

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Joyce Johnson
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4 posted 09-10-2001 03:15 PM       View Profile for Joyce Johnson   Email Joyce Johnson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Joyce Johnson

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.
I didn't know whether I could share this or not, but I thought this corner would be the right place.  Love to all of you.  Joyce
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5 posted 09-10-2001 07:00 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

Very nicely written here. I enjoyed it fully, sad, but nonetheless nice.  

I was born myself, raised myself, and will continue to be myself. The world will just have to adjust.

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