The 8' oak table(it might have been ten)
Had 2 benches each side, and a chair at each end
the grain had grown dark, the finish worn thin
if you looked close you saw initials carved in

Folks gathered around it,then took their places
Wearing grins that spread the width of their faces
First Grace was given, then the food passed around
Eyes big. Mouths watering, not hardly a sound

The sweet smell of bread. The gravy was dreamy,
perfectly spiced, rich, thick and creamy
Corn so juicy it burst on your face ,
As you chomped your way through it as if in a race

Did I mention we talked, and we laughed as we ate
How the car got away but was stopped by the gate
(I know now to use the emergency break)
But I had to pee bad- it couldn’t wait!

Eyes sparkled, wine flowed, we all had our fill
of good food and good people, not to mention good will
We shook calloused hands, kissed each other good night
Hard working, hard living- it all seemed so right

The joy that old table saw soaked into its core
so deep we had no choice but to come back for more
taters and talking, meat and malarkey, sweet corn and corny jokes
 and big hearted, hard working, fun lovin’ folks.


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