As I sat around the Thanksgiving table
with family and friends,
I knew that the bird had met with a terrible end.
As we went around the table giving thanks,
I read the poem “A Turkey named Hope.”
But what I didn’t do,
which I shall share with you,
was to give thanks to all those
who had made an effort
to acknowledge the presence
of someone different
by bringing vegan dishes and vegan wine,
that everyone said tasted divine.
We need to learn to live with and love
the many varied folks and critters
whose paths cross ours
as we travel through life.
Poem by Lee Ruslander, CARE president (November 2012). Photo source here.