A Poem for Thanksgiving Day: ‘Gathered Together’ by C.B. Anderson The Society November 28, 2019 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 6 Comments From cradle to the grave, From womb to musty tomb, The sanity I crave Is in a dining room With family gathered there: Thanksgiving, on a chill November day—no tare Subtracted, if good will Shall draw us ever close. Libations may besot, Yet rare the overdose Where blessings are forgot. first published in The Lyric C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Joseph S. Salemi November 28, 2019 A wonderful poem to bless Thanksgiving Day, Kip. May the blessing of it fall upon all of us. Metric note: I read these lines as dimeters, but I can see why some might read them as trimeters. It hardly matters… the poem is still lovely. Reply Sally Cook November 28, 2019 Lovely. A sad but sensitive comment from one so young, Sarban.. Beautiful illustration by Cole as well, thanks to Evan. Hope to see more of your work ! Reply Sally Cook November 28, 2019 Dear Kip – You are now the recipient of two comments from me, even though the first was meant for a different poem. So sorry, I got them mixed up. As to your poem, how often at this time of year I think of the long family dinners, and the family members who attended. Thank you for an evocative poem; Thanksgiving is something to be honored, and you have done it proud I wish you a good one today, with friends, family, or both. We went to a neighbor; nine people under a beautiful Victorian gilded ceiling, and a well-behaved white dog, who for weeks a few years ago was a pink and white dog, after I spilled red wine on him and it wouldn’t wash.. This year, he escaped disfigurement at my hands. Wish you could have been there ! Evan’s choice of illustration suited the event, as well. Reply David Watt November 29, 2019 Your Thanksgiving poem would, with some minor adjustment, apply equally as well to December’s Christmas dinner. This flexibility is only made possible through the concise description of common human experience. Reply C.B. Anderson November 29, 2019 Thank you all. I’m glad you liked it. And, Joe, I intended it as iamboc trimeter. Reply C.B. Anderson November 29, 2019 Iambic, that is. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.