Let us give thanks for a bounty of people.
For our children who are our second planting
And though they grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away;.
May they forgive us our cultivation and remember where their roots are.
For generous friends, with hearts and smiles as bright as their blossom.
For feisty friends, as tart as apples,
For contentious friends, who like scallions and cucumbers, keep reminding us that we have them.
For crotchety friends, as sour as rhubarb and as indestructible.
For handsome friends, who are gorgeous as eggplants and as elegant as a row of corn,
For the others, plain as potatoes and as good for you.
For serious friends, complex as cauliflowers and as intricate as onions.
And for funny friends, silly as brussel sprouts and amusing as Jerusalem artichokes.
For friends unpretentious as cabbages, subtle as summer squash,
Delightful as dill, persistent as parsley, and who like parsnips,
can be counted on to see us through the winter.
For old friends, nodding like sunflowers in the evening time,
For young friends who come on as fast as radishes,
For loving friends who wind around us like tendrils and hold us up despite our blights,
And finally, for those now gone, who like gardens past long-since harvested, who fed us in their time, that we might have a fuller life, for all these, we GIVE THANKS!