England’s king was disobeyed
by Puritans to abandon their faith.
On the Mayflower ship they sailed
through Atlantic ocean waves.
On November 1620
a hundred two Puritans came
to the shores of America.
Two months lasted their voyage.
They set sail soon again,
and they landed on December
on the Plymouth Harbor beach,
where the nation had begun.
Harsh was winter of that year,
only half of them survived,
helped by Cape Cod’s corn
stored by Indians in the sand.
With them Indians made peace treaty,
helped the Pilgrims to survive,
in the wilderness hunt and fight
because Pilgrims were townspeople.
Being thankful to the Indians
Pilgrims have invited them
to the Harvest Feast,
which for us became Thanksgiving.
As we gather at the table
to eat turkey, pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes…
We celebrate and talk about the past
as the Indians and the Pilgrims did.
© Artur Wielgus 2006