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A Literary Thanksgiving

A collection of poems for Thanksgiving.

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One of the overlooked aspects of Thanksgiving is that the holiday has produced some remarkable writing. The tradition of reading poems to the family during large gatherings has sadly disappeared from much of modern life, yet these poems, sayings, and stories still exist. They are there to be plucked from the shelf and taught to a new generationLNGenZ offers this selection of poems for your literary edification. Enjoy!


Farewell and Thanksgiving

By Mark van Doren

Whatever I have left unsaid
When I am dead
O’muse forgive me.
You were always there,
like light, like air.
Those great good things
of which the least bird sings,
So why not I?
Yet thank you even then,
Sweet muse, Amen.


Thanksgiving Comes But Once A Year

By Thornton W. Burgess


Thanksgiving comes but once a year,
But when it comes it brings good cheer.
For in my storehouse on this day
Are piles of good things hid away.
Each day I’ve worked from early morn
To gather acorns, nuts, and corn,
Till now I’ve plenty and to spare
Without a worry or a care.
So light of heart the whole day long,
I’ll sing a glad Thanksgiving song.


One Day is There of the Series

By Emily Dickinson

One Day is there of the Series
Termed Thanksgiving Day.
Celebrated part at Table
Part in Memory.
Neither Patriarch nor Pussy
I dissect the Play
Seems it to my Hooded thinking
Reflex Holiday.

Had there been no sharp Subtraction
From the early Sum —
Not an Acre or a Caption
Where was once a Room —
Not a Mention, whose small Pebble
Wrinkled any Sea,

Unto Such, were such Assembly
‘Twere Thanksgiving Day.

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