Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Poetry

I’m leaving for Philadelphia tomorrow for the 2009 Annual NCTE Convention. I won’t be posting on Poetry Friday—so here is some Thanksgiving poetry for you on Wednesday.

Giving Thanks
Author Unknown

Giving Thanks
For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home -
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!


For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
For the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought -
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!


For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest,
For our country extending from sea unto sea;
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" -
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!


From Thanksgiving
by Ivy O. Eastwick

Thank you
for all my hands can hold-
apples red,
and melons gold,
yellow corn
both ripe and sweet,
peas and beans
so good to eat!

You can read the rest of the poem here.



Click here to read my review of Nancy White Carlstrom’s book of poems Thanksgiving Day at Our House.


You may also want to check out this other Wild Rose Reader post: THANKSGIVING: Book Lists, Book Reviews, Resources, & Crafts.

4 comments:

Author Amok said...

Thanks for posting these, Elaine. The Eastwick poem is so sweet -- being thankful for simple, concrete things. That's kids-eye view.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Thanks for these poems, books, & links. I've been so busy getting my work done before the break I've neglected the pre-celebration celebrations. I'm on it now!

demetriuswagar1030 said...

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Mary Lee said...

Great poems, but I'm still waiting to meet you here at NCTE!