At this time of year I turn to an old favorite, Thanksgiving Poems selected by Myra Cohn Livingston (illustrated by Stephen Gammell) [J 808.81 THA]. Even though the book was published 33 years ago, whenever I browse through it, there always seems to be a poem that is perfect for the particular year. In 2018, this poem by Emanuel di Pasquale, "Joy of an Immigrant, a Thanksgiving," resonates:
Joy of an Immigrant, a Thanksgiving
by Emanuel di Pasquale
Like a bird grown weak in a land
where it always rains
and where all the trees have died,
I have flown long and long
to find sunlight pouring over branches
and leaves. I have journeyed, oh God,
to find a land where I can build a dry nest,
a land where my song can echo.
Travel now to the western part of the country where Linda at Teacher Dance is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up.
Safe travels to wherever you're going for Thanksgiving! Have a great holiday!