Thanksgiving is about getting together with family and friends, without the exchange of gifts–instead, the consumption of a lot of food. I admit, the sides are my favorites. Fresh from the oven rolls, peeled apart and eaten before they’ve cooled. The stuffing goes next, then the marshmallows with their toasted brown skin and gooey insides off the top of the yams, and then the yams themselves. (I know it’s traditional, but I hate cranberries. )

Who has room for turkey after that?

I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday has a good time, and plenty of food–but not so much that you’re sorry afterwards. Everyone who doesn’t celebrate, have a good non-Thanksgiving time, too. 🙂

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steam rising

from flaky crusts

A crisp, brown turkey

sliced and drenched with gravy

beside savory stuffing mounds

sweet yams with toasted marshmallows

quivering cranberry sauce

a tart crimson, and then

gleaming pumpkin moon

under whipped cream

clouds, followed

by a


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

5 responses »

  1. Grace says:

    I love turkey and stuffing, but I generally only have them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Your feast sounds delicious!

  2. Marcia says:

    Hope you enjoyed every bite, Caitlin. Love the poem! I makes me eager for my favorite holiday day dinner…the leftovers on Friday! I love heating up the now-sliced turkey in the pan gravy, and I make mashed potato pancakes with the left over spuds. It all tastes better the second day, to me.

    Hope your day also made you stop and think about all the things you are grateful for. I know I sure did. This last year has been a humdinger, with lots of ups and downs, but the ups are the most important thing, and I know how blessed I’ve been. And having Nicki join Mark and I was an extra special blessing. Next year, I’m hoping for Erin, Myres & Kaelen around my table, but I was happy this year that I was still here, still cooking, and had Mark and Nicki to share it with.

    Roll on, Christmas! Getting all 57 boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic today, and starting on the process of setting everything up. A lot of work, but I plan to do it for a few more years before I begin downsizing.

    • caitlinstern says:

      That wasn’t an actual representation of my Thanksgiving dinner–since it’s just my Mom and me,we have a Cornish Hen. (And rolls, stuffing, yams, corn, salad, pumpkin pie. Really, it’s all about the sides.)

      57 boxes? Impressive. Bet your house is just brimming with festiveness!

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