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Thanksgiving Reflections 2003

Are there many things we take for granted
without pause as we rush through our days?
Might we slow down for just a few seconds
as small blessings we quickly appraise.

Could we take a hot shower this morning,
brush our teeth at a porcelain stand?
Everyday acts, but seeming a luxury
to soldiers gritty with alien sand.

We could kiss our sweetheart and share a hug,
a common embrace of affection
unless you're alone, far away from home,
danger lurking in each direction.

Later we'll dine with dear family and friends
while defenders send love from afar.
Unselfishly, they wish us enjoyment -
a freedom celebration unmarred.

In a foreign land our soldiers struggle;
to be with us how strongly they yearn.
Please remember them this Thanksgiving Day
and say a prayer for their quick return.

~ Copyright © Tomi Fratto ~

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