Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving 2021


2021 Thanksgiving


After a deadly pandemic 2020 year with its effects ebbing but victory not yet here
There are growing reasons to give thanks and to raise our cheers
ICU’s are shedding patients like a bad case of dandruff
Vaccines rising and new effective drugs coming to this disease into the trash can stuff
Schools are open for in class even if in many cases mask mandates still remain
Unemployment is dropping although the drop in work force participation may some of the drop explain
Our withdrawal from our longest war may not have been a pretty sight
But today no more troops are exposed to bloody and deadly fights
Two trials have shown our justice system despite the naysayers still can work
Self-defenses caught on video the jury chose to accept and  the other the jury chose not as threats of violence lurked
The nation may be divided more so than ever on CRT in the classrooms and on political lines
And our political systems with personal attacks and gridlock is sadly how it we define
But after years of bemoaning our infrastructure’s sad condition
An infrastructure bill passed to repair our potholes, crumbling bridges and ports perdition
Thanksgiving Day celebrations by some on the left may be under attack
Rising tide of historic inflation and gas prices may crimp our travel to family feasts and then afford to get back
But at least the presidential tradition of giving two turkeys from a trip to the oven a reprieve
Even though named “Peanut Butter” and “Jelly” and a possible omen will put on our plates to receive
Assuming they are not assaulted on the Big Apple streets
People will be able to watch in person Macy’s 95th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade treat
With the concerns no longer the virus but whether the winds will blow too strong
Such that the spectacular balloon on the parade route will not belong
We have a lot to be thankful for but on the issue of unity time to take a deep breath
Time to chill out and dial it back so each political issue is not a matter of life or death
That compromise while preserving values is not a dirty word
And vicious ad hominem attacks are not as frequently heard
Enjoy the cuisine and time with friends and family at your Thanksgiving Day feast
With the supply chain shortages maybe a welcome respite from fighting the Black Friday Sales beast

© November 24, 2021 The Alaskanpoet

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