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Thanksgiving Thanks!

by Lori Blair

They mosh the puck to and fro
from center to forward
towards net they do go
with a clock that is winding down
upon a score board sign
that reads in red
it's tied
and while tense parents cry out loud
to their defense,
"Let's go Flames, Let's go Flames"
I hear my youngest proudly exclaim,
"Bemember Josh,
how you win before"
"bemember Josh", he cries some more
and with 45 seconds left of time
in spite of the roar,
Josh hears his brother's plea
to win some more
and with a grin he shoots to loot the puck away
sky rocketing it across the centerline
and as I proudly exclaim "That's my Josh!"
we watch them mosh the puck
to and fro
from center to forward
until net they all do go
and as I can feel myself imploring
out loud now with the crowd
"Get a goal! Get a goal! Get a goal!"
they slapped a shot that stunned the goalie
most of all
who failed to glove it just before
it snuck past his five hole
to end the tie
and the clock winds down its seconds to nine
then 8 and 7 to buzzer
but before the Flames will celebrate their win
they form a line upon the ice
and say, "Good game man, it could have gone
either way"


Author's Note: This is an old post but thought it is fitting for the moment since so many times I don't see many as kind to one another as these kids were on that thanksgiving day..much to think about

Posted on 11/24/2011
Copyright © 2023 Lori Blair

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by JJ Johnson on 11/24/11 at 05:12 AM

I love hockey, that was exciting! Noting like having someone who can cheer you on and inspire the winning goal. I bemember the good old days when I played hockey. Way to go Josh and Branden and Mom, there's a natural hat trick if I ever saw one, er-ah, three... jj

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 11/26/11 at 07:51 PM

Upbeat...thought provoking piece Lori. With a little help from my own hockey past, easy to visualize the arena and players as you've described them. As per the hand shaking at the end between the two teams, it's nice to see some things haven't changed.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 11/27/11 at 04:12 AM

Action packed, Lori, and everyone rooting everyone on. This was exciting and I was eager to see how it ended.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 11/27/11 at 09:32 PM

...BEAUTIMOUS! has a flow that gets the heart a-beatin'.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 11/27/11 at 11:57 PM

LOVE it, Lori!!! And, what Charlie said!! :)

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 12/01/11 at 11:04 AM

Fitting and fast...like the game itself...and oh did i forget? Poignant reminder of the spirit we've lost on Thanksgiving as we all huddle on line at Wal-mart just after the turkey's been consumed

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 12/07/11 at 12:54 PM

how warm this ode is, like a blanket, like a handshake. how delightful, like a snowy day, like a report card on which piles of A's have fallen and stuck.

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