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Thanksgiving Dinner



Thanksgiving Dinner

Home for the holiday from New Orleans,
 with Mother and Father at the tiny
 drop leaf, brown rosewood, mahogany
 table with the gold, grinning claw feet;
 Father, choler- red-in the-face, short-
 sleeved white shirt and cane, says the blessing
 as Mother brings in the turkey and cranberry.
 Then Mother asks, " Won't you have more ?' and father :
 "Do you think Moll Flanders was a whore ?"

 (I have suffered and bleached my hair blond. )
 I am silent before their replies.
 Mother sighs. "I can scarce speak to her."
 And Father, too, quotes Shakespeare. (I am thin
 as paper and the rose- colored bowl
 of blown glass sitting on the silver stand,
 half- filled with water. )

 " How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
 to have a thankless daughter "
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Submitted by hitalot on May 22, 2018

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Mario William Vitale

Mario William Vitale is a twentieth century poet. He has developed a style of free verse. Has written over one thousand poems. more…

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