Thanksgiving Dinner

Pat Hanahoe-Dosch

Thanksgiving table at the Brown Street house
Photo Credit: Katie Inglis

We talk and talk; we sit and pass around
more wine, potatoes, turkey, yams and peas.
We cannot hear each voice for all the sound.

Outside the cold blows trash across the ground.
The kitchen’s heat seeps in the room as we drink tea.
We talk and talk, we sit and pass around

pies and more wine and tea. We are bound
by manners and grit to ignore past history.
We cannot hear each voice for all the sound.

The children run, screaming, kicking, all wound
up with sugar and toys. They don’t understand the key
is to talk and talk, to sit and pass around

the stories and jokes that say little, but go round
past betrayals, tensions, differences; please,
we cannot hear each voice for all the sound.

This is the one time of year we are all bound
to gather in one place though no one sees
how we talk and talk, sit and pass our lives around.
We cannot hear each voice for all the sound.

pencilPat Hanahoe-Dosch’s educational background includes an MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona; she is currently an Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster campus. Her poems have been published in The Atticus Review, War, Art and Literature, Confrontation, The Red River Review, San Pedro River Review, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Red Ochre Lit, Nervous Breakdown, Quantum Poetry Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, Abalone Moon, Apt, Switched-on Gutenberg, and Paterson: The Poets’ City (an anthology edited by Maria Mazziotti Gillan), among others. Articles of hers have appeared in Travel Belles, On a Junket, and Wholistic Living News. Her story “Sighting Bia” was selected as a finalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2012 Orlando Prize for Flash Fiction. Her story “Serendip” was published in In Posse Review. Her book, Fleeing Back, (a collection of poems), is available from and Email: pahanaho[at]

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