A Thanksgiving Reflection

This reflection written in 2006 resonates especially this season.

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Blessings Are Due
Remembrances of Thanksgiving Then & Now

By Ayodele Nzinga

Smoked Turkey
Oyster dressing
Mashed potatoes/gravy
Shells & 7 cheeses
Sweet potato pie
Mustard Greens W smoked Turkey tails
Home Made Ice Cream
Roast and Butter Potatoes
Tossed Prawn Green Salad

I started the day with prayer over John Coltrane, read an essay or two from Marvin X’s new joint, between finishing up the feast. The house is full of the smells of oyster dressing. It is early in the morning. I have been up since 5:00. As time ticks along I move into a little Harold Melvin, The Ojays, James Brown, and some Gil Scott Herron. This early play list is the best of my mother’s music, the stuff that to this day moves me and speaks to the struggle still being waged in the Nation in the Nation. Tell em James, still black, still proud…

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About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.
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