Thanksgiving Remembrance -November 27, 2014

In America, we celebrate Thanksgivings 2014 with cooking turkeys, traveling hundreds of miles to visit with friends and relatives, texting and calling each other, and of course shopping the day after.

But, I would like to remember another Thanksgiving Day when I was a youngster ,and the first Thanksgivings that was retold by Native Americans.


Day Before Thanksgiving
Written by Mel Brake


Day before Thanksgiving I come home from high school
my mom in the kitchen roasting ,baking, cooking

Busier than a cranberry merchant
throw away tin foil pans aligned with gourmet delights

Collard greens, string beans, roasted ham, stuffed turkey, candied yams  lay on the kitchen table


and on the counter top sweet potato pie, apple pie, chocolate cake
all made from scratch


In a bowl rest her famous potato salad
ready to be refrigerated overnight


I know better
and stayed out of her way


I am dying to satisfy my hunger but I know better
because she is cooking tomorrow’s dinner


Anyway I asked what’s for dinner


She asked, “how was your day at school”

I lied and said everything is ok

and in the process I steal a few cheese cubes
which are for her baked Macaroni and Cheese

She makes me a small plate of food
And I go up stairs to my room


The aromas coming from my mom’s kitchen
on the day before Thanksgiving holds special memories and comfort in my heart


And has lasted throughout the years on every day before


” What was the first Thanksgiving like? (Native American perspective) – World Book Explains ”



About melbrake

Mel Brake is an awarding winning Philadelphia based poet/singer/song writer, whose poetry has appeared in several media outlets and journals, including Philadelphia Poets 2007, 2008 and 2009, Mad Poets Review, Fox Chase Review, and The Philadelphia Bulletin. In addition, Long Island Sounds: An Anthology of Poetry, Writing Outside The Lines (WOSTL) Anthology, Word Riot Magazine, The New Verse News, Word Salad Magazine and Poetry Ink 2010 has published his works. Recently, his band, the Mel Brake Family Band performed a benefit concert at Cross Road Café in Delaware County. He is the Founder and Executive Director of MPW, a non-profit organization, focusing on using the arts to reach children in the Tri-state area. In addition, his first chapbook, “Obama Poetry Project” is available at:
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3 Responses to Thanksgiving Remembrance -November 27, 2014

  1. Dee says:

    Dear Mel, Your Thanksgiving Remembrance poem was lovely and brought back
    some memories of my mom and past. Thank you. I hope you had a wonderful
    Thanksgiving and I wanted to let you know that I am grateful for your blog. I
    have tried to read all your posts since I subscribed earlier this year. I’ve missed
    seeing you in my inbox and just wanted to check in with you. Wishing you (and
    yours) a blessed Christmas…with love, Dee

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