on the other side of the world: for Thanksgiving absent again

there are voices calling my name
on the other side of the world
an empty chair
a glass not filled with wine
dark meat with gravy
stuffing with mushrooms
and Robert’s famous meatballs and gravy
hot and sweet sausage
broccoli with garlic, lemon and oil
Johnny bought blueberry pie
only I’m not getting a piece
’cause I’m over here
on the other side of the world
quietly finishing a bottle of wine
trying not to think of your voice
the sorrow in the air
fresh flowers don’t quite kill the smell
of disappointment
another year gone by
that empty chair
that bottle of wine unopened
ice cream melting on a plate
Al Martino singing love songs
George serving salad
and you sliding food onto my plate
the cat under the table
my hand reaching across
grabbing nothing
grabbing air
on the other side
of the world


37 thoughts on “on the other side of the world: for Thanksgiving absent again

  1. Len, tomorrow go out and buy a Turkish equivalent to a meatball…buy several. Sit down and chomp away till gone. Gulp another class of wine, and then breath deeply. Consider all the lives you have positively affected. Then rejoice in your current circumstances! Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. πŸ˜€ Here’s a Thanksgiving wish for you.
    May the sun shine when you opine.
    May a turkey gobble with delight he won’t be eaten.
    May you find the happiness that lies within
    This Thanksgiving greeting!

    • Thank you. Actually I’m making meat sauce today since I couldn’t yesterday because my housecleaners were here and so I ordered out (Turkish pizza) and ate with them. I make some kind of padta dish at least once a week, though. Sometimes my version of Bolonese, sometimes my version of Fra Diavolo or Carbonara or sometimes just oil & garlic. I also try to go to Italy at least once a year to soak up as much atmosphere/food as possible to last a while.

      • Ah, Italy. We spent a month there with family in Naro, Sicily. It was a wonderful experience. Meeting the family we knew through correspondence and phone calls but had never met face to face.
        My book “The Italian Thing” is all about our trip and the adventures and misadventures that we lived. It is a humorous memoir. If you have a Kindle you can take a peek at it on amazon.com.
        The food and pastries are second to none. We also have family that live in Prato, Florence and Milan. Hopefully one day we will be able to visit all of them again. I found they are the most loving warm people and enjoyed learning and living the lifestyle. Ciao :o)

      • I actually did purchase it on kindle after I finally found an adapter so I could recharge my kindle. Lost my original adapter on my trip to Kars a while back. Havent read it yet, though, but will review it on amazon once I do.

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