Saturday, November 28, 2020

Diana Der-Hovanessian: Thanksgiving

Love is not all. It is not food nor drink.

Edna St. Vincent Millay


Nor is food love, but palate's sport alone.

Even with ceremony, without  toast or vow,

it is just means of keeping flesh on bone.

But table and altar are confused somehow.

We substitute our food again, again

for rites of love.  Look how this buffet sinks

with golden fowl and platters of grain

and candles for our eyes to drink.

Love is not food. But in the name of those

with parched throats, who could not eat

or pray, whose empty mouths have closed,

whose bellies swelled with pain not meat,

we call it sustenance when it is shared.

And sharing we call prayer.


From  Songs of Bread, Songs of Salt, Ashod Press

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