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American Thankfulness – A Poem
Today it seemed thoughts were heavier than yesterday
But less than tomorrow’s dream you hoped to have instead
Let us greet Thanksgiving with a word of thanks to you
Thankfulness is something we’re told to feel
What kind of person isn’t thankful?
Be thankful for today
Be thankful for taking a breath
Be thankful to know another
Be thankful for a friend
Be thankful you can walk
Be thankful you can sigh
Be thankful for the ground
Be thankful for the sky
Be thankful you can’t afford to buy
A can of food even a cat hasn’t tried
Be thankful the cold is felt
Because the heater just broke
Be thankful your shoes and socks and undies all have holes
Costs keep going up but the paycheck grows smaller
So, keep wearing those holy things, it’s building character and holiness
Be thankful the rich gave you a job
Despite being paid less as they make more with each passing day
Be thankful you live in a country that tells you you’re free
And yet more are incarcerated than any other free country
Be thankful for jails because they have roofs
Be thankful for a car, oh yes gas prices have gone down
But then when it breaks you know you’ll never get it fixed
Two to three-thousand was just used for that mortgage you don’t have
Be thankful you can walk on two legs
Unless one happens to break
Be thankful they’ll lower drug prices
When you’re too healthy for meds will it matter in the end?
Maybe you’d just like a decent meal, instead of a pill
Be thankful there are so many choices of food in this bloated economy
You’ll be the one standing in the aisle watching others able to pay
But ramen is only nineteen cents, and pasta is less than a buck
Be thankful you can slowly starve
Because starving quickly is so much worse
Today is a day of thanks for turkey and all the trimming
For the first year you can’t even afford that pricey ill-fated bird
Be thankful vegetarianism is still a thing
Except, produce prices keep going up in this pandemic-laced world
Be thankful the news will laugh and guffaw at those silly poor
Who work 40, 50, 60-hour weeks and still can’t afford to feed,
Their children and their dogs, their cats and friends who were sadly used
Be thankful you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t
Be thankful, be thankful, be thankful for it all
For tomorrow you’ll have less and then be more depressed
Be thankful they have five-dollar wine, at least you can drink and forget
To be thankful you don’t have time to cry
But be thankful because at least someone out there will be doing okay
Whether you’re thankful or not, nobody takes the blame
The country is run by the rich, and the more, and the same
To be thankful is a freedom we don’t yet have
Because tomorrow you go to work and since when do you have time to think
Of being thankful… anyway
There’s my poem for today. It’s very depressing and sad. I know people want cheery and positive things. It’s what we are wired to hear and accept. It’s our life because maybe depression is what is at the heart of us all, and so we want something outside of ourselves or unlike ourselves.
I wanted to be positive today. I’m sure I’ll be positive tomorrow. I hope you all had a good day of thanks. I’m sure you all have something to be thankful for today. I’m sorry I was being negative and depressing.
I’ll be honest. I see more and more people, families, on the street with signs asking for the simplest of things: food, diapers, just a little help for rent, electricity, gas.
I live in an affluent city, and yet they are on every corner. I met a woman who was crying with four kids. How do we sit by and watch this?
Our lawmakers right now, are on vacation for two weeks. People are starving, losing jobs, getting paid less, and our congress and senators all got raises and are on a two week vacation. Let that sink in.
I asked for three days off and could only get two days off because our business is doing well and they can’t afford us having time off, but they were able to remove our bonuses this year, because they’re making more money.
THEY GOT TWO WEEKS!
And you know who isn’t on vacation? The ones working to keep this country running. They are called “essential workers.” You know what? They are people who have no other choice but to work tirelessly and for little pay. Yes, essential for their livelihood.
Something has to change. I’m just not sure how to make that change.
Have a good day of seeking and searching and I hope you all find what you are looking for. If you feel so compelled please write me a comment or follow this blog. Thank you. 😉
I love you Gracie, so, so, so much! You are my blessing. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤