Emily Lund’s selection for Thanksgiving week

The writers at Drinkers with Writing Problems have decided to take a break from writing for the week of Thanksgiving. Instead, we thought we’d share some holiday/fall themed pieces that we love from other writers.

Selected by Emily Lund:

Mine isn’t terribly “thanksgiving-esque,” but I’d always think about it as we were raking leaves weekends before thanksgiving.  It doesn’t even bring back fond memories as I hate raking leaves, but it’s the poem I think about, and for some reason I always associate seasons and their respective holidays with Robert Frost.

My favorite…

Gathering Leaves
by Robert Frost

Spades take up leaves
No better than spoons,
And bags full of leaves
Are light as balloons.

I make a great noise
Of rustling all day
Like rabbit and deer
Running away.

But the mountains I raise
Elude my embrace,
Flowing over my arms
And into my face.

I may load and unload
Again and again
Till I fill the whole shed,
And what have I then?

Next to nothing for weight,
And since they grew duller
From contact with earth,
Next to nothing for color.

Next to nothing for use.
But a crop is a crop,
And who’s to say where
The harvest shall stop?

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