Saturday, November 27, 2010

On This Thanksgiving Weekend

A dear friend emailed this prayer/poem by Max Coots on this Thanksgiving weekend. I'd like to share it with you.


Let us give thanks for a bounty of people
For children who are our second planting
and though they grow like weeds
and the wind too soon blows them away,
May they forgive us our cultivation
and remember fondly where their roots are.

Let us give thanks:
For generous friends, with hearts as big as hubbards
and smiles as bright as their blossoms;
For feisty friends as tart as apples;
For continuous friends, who, like scallions and cucumbers,
keep reminding us we've had them;
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb
and as indestructible;
For handsome friends, who are as gorgeous as eggplants
and as elegant as a row of corn,
and the others, as plain as potatoes and so good for you;
For funny friends, who are as silly as Brussels sprouts
and as amusing as Jerusalem artichokes,
and serious friends, as complex as cauliflowers
and as intricate as onions;
For friends as unpretentious as cabbages,
as subtle as summer squash,
as persistent as parsley,
as delightful as dill,
as endless as zucchini,
and who, like parsnips,
can be counted on to see you throughout the winter;
For old friends,
nodding like sunflowers in the evening-time
and young friends coming on as fast as radishes;
For loving friends, who wind around us like tendrils
and hold us, despite our blights, wilts, and witherings;
And finally, for those friends now gone,
like gardens past that have been harvested,
but who fed us in their times
that we might have life thereafter;
For all these we give thanks.

Today's link from "You Must Remember This."


  1. Hope your holiday was well stuffed and happy. Now...on to serious things like trying to get the leaves out of the garden before the first and often never melting until spring snow. Perhaps I should look into the possibility of inflatable garden art because we all know as Maine goes, so goes the nation.

  2. home before dark ~ Thank you! I hope you had a splendid Thanksgiving! Sadly, the longer I live in Maine, the better that inflatable garden art looks and hmmmm, I always thought New Hampshire set the trends!

  3. That put a smile on my face -my favorite holiday no less. I hope you had a fantastic one!

  4. AD ~ We did, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too! You're in of these veggies :D

  5. Hooray for all the vegetables in our lives!

  6. JC ~ You and the gentleman will also find yourselves in here! xo


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