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November, December and January are holiday months in many places across the globe. In the U.S., November means Thanksgiving – a holiday that concentrates on “gifts” in a different way from birthdays, Christmas and Hanukah. It’s a time to be thankful for the gifts we already have or have had. Two weeks ago, many gathered to share a meal with extended family. For us, it’s always been the time for travel to Chicago. We spent a long weekend with my husband’s family. We were the visitors as were some who traveled from Wisconsin, California, and the DC area.

This all got me to thinking about visits and visitors. Who did you welcome into your home in the past year? How do people entertain visitors? What makes someone a recluse? Are there drop-in visitors any more these days? Do Avon ladies or Fuller brush men still ring doorbells and if they did, would you invite them into your home? Is that correct terminology – Avon ladies, Fuller brush men?

Years ago, my daughter was visited by a sodden stray cat one evening. It shot like a cannon into her kitchen as she opened the door during a rainstorm, jostling grocery bags coming home from shopping. That cat lived with them for a long time – they named it Grace. As I said, “Into everyone’s life a little grace must come.”

So here’s the prompt this first December Tuesday. Write a post that includes the word visit or a form of the word in the body of your poem. A haiku, Tanka, haibun, prose poem, sonnet, limerick, recipe or list poem, letter poem – any form you choose. Only requirement: include the word visit or a form of the word in the body of your poem.

I’ll leave the porch light on for you with libations on the bar…looking forward to your visit!


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