Poem: “October Feast Day”

October Feast Day

In the gold mouth
Of the morning
I knead the bread
From wheat.

Mix broccoli, bacon
In wooden bowl
Add raisins
Sugared sweet.

A Burgundy wine
From His own grape
Marinating beef
Will seep.

Then later boil
Egg noodles, white
Pile in a
Buttered heap.

Chocolate cake
Oh what a gift
Cocoa bean!

All day prepared
And used His cloth
From cotton plant
To clean.

The guests all gather
Toast the feast
We pray, we laugh
And eat.

Then with our coffees
Outside crisp
Round fire
Take a seat.

For today is a feast
In October
No bother cold
No grief.

And to top it off
We have some smokes
From His glorious
Tobacco leaf!

Then fire’s flames
Faint to a glow
Some stare
As it looses its might.

While others sigh
For sleep is nigh…
And smoke streams into the black-silk…
Of His night.

Hilary McRee Flanery

Hilary McRee Flanery studied Theatre Arts in college at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri, USA. She has been in numerous theatre productions over the last 20 years but her real claims to fame have been "Opening Nights" in leading roles on delivery tables throughout the US Midwest where she has performed and produced ten children.

"Raising a large family and writing means that I set up strict priorities. I start each day with a prayer that has been in my family since God was a boy - 'Come Holy Ghost...give me the faith of your Saints, the courage of your martyrs, and the money and success of your athiests.'"

Hilary and her husband, Randy, have been hapily married for 30 years and are certifiably insane. They know this to be a fact since Randy is a Clinical Psychologist.

The Flanerys reside in St. Louis, Missouri with their 10 children, termites and a large bottle of wine. She blogs at www.hilaryflanery.blogspot.com.