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Posted by 46er ( on 07:11:40 11/27/14

In Reply to: Happy Thanksgiving posted by Lynnette

We gather together;

We gather together to ask the Lord s blessing
on turkey and gravy and cranberry dressing,
and welcome our guests, both dead and the living,
to join this imagined New England Thanksgiving.

There s plenty to do now, so everyone pitch in
Would Julia Child please help out in the kitchen?
Let all do the jobs for which they are most able
we ll ask Martha Stewart to help set the table.

Good day, Johnny Appleseed, doff your tin topper,
And sit yourself down next to young Edward Hopper.
Ahoy there, Josh Slocum! Shalom, Ben and Jerry!
We hope you brought lots of our favorite, Cherry
Garcia! Has Longfellow brought Hiawatha?
Let s find a fauteuil for Whistler s Mothah!
Please drag Fanny Farmer away from her oven:
Her pal Laurie Cabot has brought the whole coven!

Hmm, this could be awkward; now wouldn t we rather
avoid having grace said by old Cotton Mather?
Let s seat Robert Frost in a place of high honor,
with Eugene O Neill and with Edwin O Connor,
and Ralph Waldo Emerson, none could be sager,
or more Transcendental a thinker, we ll wager.

And when all is ready, bring forth Johnny Most to
deliver (from high above courtside) a toast to
our editor Hale! (That s not you, Jud, but Sarah),
who pestered Abe Lincoln to make him declare a
new national holiday every November.
And Governor Bradford of Plymouth! Remember,
he hosted the first of these autumnal rituals.
So drink to them both! And then on to the victuals!

We ve dallied so long that the guests are all starving;
Ahem, Lizzie Borden, would you do the carving?
(It s rare that one sees the job done with a hatchet.)
Now pass us a drumstick, Doug Flutie! We ll catch it!
Let James Michael Curley distribute the gravy,
assisted by Isaac Hull, late of the Navy.

The stuffing? We asked big Bill Russell to do it
give plenty of helpings to Sarah Orne Jewett.
Louisa May Alcott brought apple pan dowdy,
Mark Twain s in the back with Mae West, getting rowdy.

Whoops! Emily Dickinson is into the cider,
We shouldn t have let Paul Revere sit beside her.
Is that Henry David Thoreau quoting Walden
to lovely Priscilla, the wife of John Alden?
Light up, Amy Lowell, a fine panatela
from Red Auerbach, who s a generous fella.

The hour is late; there s a long road before us,
so lift up your voices in one final chorus
of hymns thanking God for the land and its bounty,
led by Nelson Eddy, who s dressed like a Mountie.
Farewell and good luck to guests real and fictitious;
Babe Ruth s batting cleanup. Let him do the dishes.

Excerpt from We Gather Together, Yankee Magazine, November 1993

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