Poems written as a celebration of the good things in life are nothing new, but they certainly take on a whole new significance at this time of year. With Thanksgiving Day coming up just next week, many people are beginning to reflect and think about the many things in their lives for which they are thankful. So how can you go about turning these thoughts into poems this Thanksgiving and sharing your work with the world? Read on to find out!
If your family has a longstanding tradition, as many families do, of gathering together for a meal on Thanksgiving Day, then you have an ideal opportunity to not only show your gratitude to them, but to do it in a way that highlights one of your talents! Consider each member of your family and what they mean to you. What do they do that you are particularly thankful for? Try writing a short verse honoring each family member or loved one and expressing your gratitude for the good things they bring to your life. At dinner, you can pass them out and make everyone’s holiday just a little more special!
Thanksgiving Poetry Inspiration
Are you looking for a little inspiration to jumpstart your own Thanksgiving poetry composition? Take a page out of the books of some of these famous poets who wrote pieces about the season that have stood the test of time.
“Ah! On Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest…
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?”
—from The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier
“It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests.”
—from The Harvest Moon by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“We who are here present thank the Great Spirit that we are here to praise Him…
We thank Him for the water that comes out of the earth and runs for our lands…
We thank Him for the branches of the trees that grow shadows for our shelter.”
—from a translated Iroquois prayer The Thanksgivings by Harriet Maxwell Converse
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