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Thanksgiving Poems

Thanksgiving Poems

Some of the choicest poems, based on the Thanksgiving theme, are presented in this article.
Omkar Phatak
Thanksgiving is around the corner and I am sure that most of you must have started preparations for the coming Thursday. Since, for most American families, it is a family reunion of sorts, this day is looked forward to by all of us. The seed of a culture can be preserved through its literature, songs, and music. Thanksgiving poems encapsulate the spirit of the day. The aim of this write up is to present a compilation of such poems, for kids to sing or recite. To preserve the seeds of culture in a child's mind, all you need is a song or poem, that he will remember for life. As a family, you could compose a tune for one or two of these short poems and recite them together after the grand dinner.
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway
Thanksgiving comes again!
- Anonymous
Oh, What a Feast!
Turkey and gravy
Corn on my plate.
Oh, what a feast for me.
Cranberries and stuffing
I can't wait.
Oh, what a feast for me.
Bread and potatoes
Dessert is great.
Oh, what a feast for me.
I love Thanksgiving
Fill up my plate.
Oh, what a feast for me!
- Deborah P. Cerbus
The Pilgrims Give Thanks
Just look upon the land and see the yield
Of pumpkins, corn, and squash in every field.
The shocks of corn are glistening in the sun
With coats of frost on every one.

Come, let us have a feast with praise
To God, who blessed the crops we raise.
Have Massacoit and all his men
Bring deer and visit us again.

Together, we will roast the meat
Wild turkey, venison we'll eat.
Some pumpkins, corn, and hoe-cake bread
Will grace the board when thanks are said.

A last, we have our feast prepared.
We thank our God for how we've fared,
For crops that He has helped us grow
And for the seed we have to sow.

Our Horn of Plenty overflows
With product from the land we chose.
We give our thanks to God above
For all His care and help and love.
Marjorie Lindsey Brewer
A Thanksgiving Day Prayer
Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing 
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing 

We're slaves to the olfactory overload 
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold 

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more 
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for 

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed 
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head 

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those 
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know 

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure 
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure 

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place 
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace 

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided 
And bless each and every person invited 

Scott Wesemann 
We Give Thanks
Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.
- Harry Jewell

For each new morning with its light, 
For rest and shelter of the night, 
For health and food, 
For love and friends, 
For everything Thy goodness sends. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanksgiving Prayer
I'm thankful for my mother, and
I'm thankful for my dad.
I'm thankful for my sisters, and
for all the fun we've had.
I'm thankful for my brother, Tom,
(even when he's jerky.)
But most of all, I'm oh-so-thankful
not to be a turkey.
- Susan D. Anderson
Hope you enjoyed reading these poems, that can set the mood for the day. Most of these songs carry the spirit of our ancestors, who settled in this country, more than two centuries ago. They reserved this day to say thanks and be grateful for all the good things in life. Happy Thanksgiving to you, in advance!
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