I look across the backyard with a heavy sigh,
just a few weeks ago, the broom had done its
job, the garden gloves lie in the shed, caked
with flakes of dirt, exhausted from pulling
weeds that had the nerve to sprout abundantly,
as though they are admired as much as
the glorious lavender hydrangeas.
Now, crunchy yellow leaves inundate the grass,
as if Mother Nature gently laid down
a blanket of gold. The wardrobe changes of the
leaves, pirouetting to the ground, lead to the season
when Gratitude is placed on a pedestal,
paying homage more than any given day,
which leads us to the turkey brining
in a citrusy concoction. The carving knife
and gravy ladle eager to present their annual
performance. The formal dinnerware excited
to display its shiny patina. The gathering.
And on this special day, the sky and sun
will collaborate to create a bright blue backdrop,
no clouds invited to this celebration,
not even a breath of wind will drift through,
or one tiny raindrop will fall on this event,
just a high temperature cool enough
to welcome a sweater,
the kind of weather that would delight them both.
He would ask for a beverage before sitting down,
and then even after sinking into the soft sofa,
his hand would caress the glass for minutes.
He would pause before taking a sip.
Because before partaking in the festivities,
he, who lived through the second world war,
would slowly absorb
the loved ones…
© Lauren Scott, baydreamerwrites.com – All rights reserved.
Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you the feeling
of Gratitude in your hearts that will last a lifetime.
Sending wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving! 🧡🍁🍂
57 thoughts on “A Blanket of Gold”
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Thanks so much, John! Happy Thanksgiving!
You are very graciously welcome so much. You have an amazing Thanksgiving.
Well the idea of thinking the fallen leaves as the golden blanket gives a sense of optimism.
Happy Thanksgiving Day !
Thanks for your lovely comment and wishes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!
Thank you for the lovely poem, Lauren. Those who lived through World War II were the greatest.
Thanks for your wonderful words, John, and I’m referring to my parents, and then my dad regarding the war. Great memories and missing them both. Wishing you and your family a wonderful celebration. ❤️
I guess that was the case. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving as well.
Thanks, John. 🙂
Hi Lauren, this is such a satisfying poem. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.
What a lovely comment, Robbie, and thank you for the wishes. ❤️
Lauren this is a beautiful poem that invited me to slow down and appreciate many things. 🙏🏻 Also made me think of my grandfather who served in WWII. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy week!
Thanks so much for your beautiful words, Michele, and sentiment. They mean a lot, and I’m glad I could evoke memories of your grandfather. My parents were older when I was born (baby of the family), so my reference is to them, and to my dad who served in the war. But they both have passed. Thanks for the wishes and wishing you the same. ❤️
My pleasure, Lauren. 💗
Beautiful poem, Lauren. Wishing you and your family a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thanks for your beautiful words and wishes, Janis. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too. 💗
Very nice, Lauren. From the heart.
Thanks, Anneli. I appreciate your kind comment. 💗
I love that “blanket of gold” Lauren… a beautiful image for the season. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Thanks for your lovely comment, Balroop, and for your Thanksgiving wishes. 🧡🍂
Happy Thanksgiving, my dear Lauren. That is a beautiful golden blanket indeed!
Love with my gratitude for our friendship!
Aww, thanks, Marina! You know I appreciate your lovely words about the poem, and I am grateful for our friendship as well. Hugs, dear friend. ❤️💐❤️💐❤️
Happy thanksgiving to you and all your family Lauren.
Thanks for the wishes and for your lovely words, Charlotte. ❤️🌺
Thanks for the wishes, Ian. 🧡🍁🍂
Lauren, you are so lovely. Happy Thanksgiving to you all with much love and gratitude for all our blessings, your loveliness and our loving connections. I love your poem. xXx 💕😘💕✨
You are lovely, too, Jane, for starting my Thanksgiving day with your beautiful comment, the first thing I’ve read this morning. Thank you, my friend! I’m glad you liked the poem and I’m so grateful for our friendship as well. Sending baskets of love and hugs to you both. 🧡🍁🧡🍁🧡
Beautiful Lauren… Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful day ♥
Thanks so much, Sally! Have a wonderful day and weekend ahead. Hugs ❤️
Lots of memories at this time of year. Happy Thanksgiving.
Beautiful and awesome fallen leaves in all their beauty. Wonderful poem Lauren. Happy Thanksgiving Day😊😊😊
Thanks for your lovely words, Kamal. Sending wishes for a wonderful weekend. ❤️❤️
You are always welcome dear Lauren. Happy weekend to you too 😊💖💖💖💖
That’s a beautiful write, Lauren. “Gratitude is placed on a pedestal,” Love that. 💞
Thanks, Jeff! I’m happy you like that line and my Thanksgiving thoughts. I hope your day was wonderful. ❤️
You’re welcome, Lauren! Always. It was wonderful, thank you. ❤️
This poem so lovely.. Thank you..
Thank you so much! 💞
How beautiful, Lauren. I imagine the noise, the laughter, the commotion, and the chaos of family was music to his ears. What a legacy.
Thanks so much, Diana. The poem began with one idea, and then I thought of my parents who have both passed. Memories still so vivid and so good. ❤️
A truly beautiful blanket Lauren. ❤
I’m glad you liked this poem, Debby. Thank you! 🙏🏻💞
This is great! Very well written.
Thanks so much! I appreciate your kindness.
Such a beautiful gift of gratitude in your wonderful poem Lauren! Hope you had a wonderful one! ❣️
Thanks so much for your lovely words, Cindy. We had a wonderful time with my 99 1/2 year old father-in-law. ❤️❤️❤️
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