In Thanksgiving

Some of my favorite holiday moments are times when I’m off to the side, watching or hearing loved ones. My heart warms to hear my children laughing together, the gentle hubbub of cousins’ catching-up conversations, a piano playing, or, on this past Thanksgiving, two voices raised in song.

In Thanksgiving

In the living room
my brother-in-law strums his guitar
My daughter’s soprano rises,
mingles with his voice

As they sing
John Denver’s “Country Roads,”
I close my eyes
to cradle each sound
each nuance of this moment
precious and pure

In that instant
I know
I’m already
where I belong

©Molly Hogan, draft

Wishing you all warm and wonderful memory-making during this holiday season.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Irene Latham at her blog, Live Your Poem. Be sure to stop by and check out what’s on offer there. It’s a rich repast indeed!

20 thoughts on “In Thanksgiving

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Yes! I’ve told my kids that I’m like the cat. I want to be nearby but not held by anyone…just listening to the sound of everyone being family. I think maybe we brought all these kids into our home just for this. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and friends all help too. Sending you big hugs for the holiday!

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  2. This is such a poet thing to do, I think! We are so often the quiet observers…happy holidays, Molly! xo

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    What a love-filled moment you captured so beautifully. You are “right where you belong.” So am I.

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  4. judyman says:

    To cradle each sound… what a perfect line. Merry Christmas, Molly. Love you.


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  5. Your poem so full of love fills me up inside, thanks for sending and sharing all this warmth and centering feelings! Music seems to spread magic… Happy Holidays to you and your family Molly!

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  6. I do the same thing, Molly… take a step away from the activity and just watch. What a joy to “hear” the sounds of family together. Happy Holidays!

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  7. maryleehahn says:

    Here again is the listener, the observer from your read aloud post. Only by sidelining yourself are you able to record these precious memories. Your poems/writing bring you straight back to the hearts of your beloveds.

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  8. lindabaie says:

    You are a watcher and listener in the best sense of the words, Molly. This is lovely, the capture of a moment, like many moments I remember from years past. Happy Holidays that hold more for you!

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  10. No truer words were ever said! You indeed were right where you belong. Thanks for taking me to your downstairs this holiday season with this poem!

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  11. Karen Edmisten says:

    Beautiful, Molly. I can relate. Those warm, hidden moments are the best.


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