The Sports+ Lounge presents: 'Second Plate' by Jaylon Thompson

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports+

Welcome to the USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge! The premier place for all creatives to showcase their talents. Every Friday, we will spotlight artistic content for the 2021 NFL season. 

This week, USA TODAY Sports+ community engagement producer Jaylon Thompson presents "Second Plate" in the lounge. The poem sheds light on enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers with a fresh twist. 

Sit back, relax and enjoy "Second Plate" by Jaylon Thompson. 

Second Plate

As the oven takes a well-deserved respite, a multi-dimensional microwave clocks in for duty.

A busy 72 hours lies ahead.

All eyes are on the next phase, filled with anticipation and a heavenly gaze.

The fridge knows what's coming and offers to help.

Like a gatekeeper, the fridge has seen it all.

This is the busiest day each fall.

Will it be turkey sandwiches this year?

Or a veggie platter special?

Whatever the choice, the mission is clear.

Warm their hearts. Fill their stomachs with cheer.  

Everyone has a role.

From Tupper in storage to Silver and Ware.

We can't forget Nap in personal care.

Hurry and get into position.

Here come the leftovers.

Remember to always pack that smile.

Hunger is a beast and can be vile.

However, we do our part to spread some cheer.

Don't blackout on Friday this year.

Do your part as a Monday is near.

Then, we will celebrate its cyber tradition.

When all kitchens close and Santa makes his merry transition.