Perhaps the World Ends Here (a poem)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our PCTELA News friends.

We’ll be taking the next few days off to celebrate with family and friends.  We are thankful to have all of you out there teaching and being taught.  We are thankful to have such a great group of professionals sharing ideas and thoughts and laughter.  We are thankful for you.

Here’s a poem by Joy Harjo to enjoy as you prepare your food, share with family, and sit at the kitchen table over the next few days.


Perhaps the World Ends Here

Joy Harjo

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.

We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees under it.

It is here that children are given instructions on what it means to be human. We make men at it, we make women.

At this table we gossip, recall enemies and the ghosts of lovers.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

This table has been a house in the rain, an umbrella in the sun.

Wars have begun and ended at this table. It is a place to hide in the shadow of terror. A place to celebrate the terrible victory.

We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.

At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.

paul-cezanne-the-kitchen-table

Image: Paul Cezzane’s Kitchen Table

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Perhaps the World Ends Here (a poem)

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