Giving Thanks, by Katherine Sanger

Illustration (c) 2011 Romeo Esparrago

When the ship crash-landed

on the blue and green planet,

we thought,

at first,

that a terrible tragedy

had befallen us,

and we

had failed.

* * *


then we learned

that our mission



* * *

Like the youths of Athena

sent to the mighty Minotaur

we were to be the feast

for the aliens’ yearly tribute.

* * *

Here, though,

there is no maze,

and we merely wait

in a caged yard.

* * *


waiting for Thanksgiving. *

About the Author: Katherine Sanger has had poetry published in Star*Line, Beginnings, and That Thing You Do. She won first place in Byline’s “Autumn Poem” contest and Sol Magazine’s “Lucky Thirteen” contest. She has had fiction published in Baen’s Universe, Black Petals, and others.

About the Artist: Romeo Esparrago draws stuff.

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