Thursday, November 13, 2008

In tradition of Thanksgiving at the Haynie home...

Starting with the Thanksgiving spent at Nana and Granddad's up in northern Washington when I was a teenager, my mom made it a tradition that we weren't allowed to eat Thanksgiving dinner until we had written and shared a Thanksgiving poem. The one I wrote that year was by far the best I've ever written since, so I will share it now.

A Concise History of Thanksgiving
by Katie Mayer

Once there was a turkey
Turkey, turkey, turkey
Once there was a dinner
Yum, yum, yum
Once there was a hunter
Bang, bang, bang
How smart was the turkey?
Dumb, dumb, dumb

Also, today I have thought up a Thanksgiving poem for this year. It of course in no way compares to the genius of my teenage Thanksgiving glory, but here it is all the same:

Gather ‘Round the Table
By Katie Lewis

Gather ‘round the table and
With bowed heads thank the Lord
For blessings and for bounty
Which no mortal could afford
For luxuries of peace of mind
Of loved ones and of health
For these are things
Which to man brings
His greatest precious wealth

5 comments:

jjohnson said...

very nice. Your mom told us about that last year and I think we're going to try it out this year...thanks for the reminder and inspiration.

CK Morgan said...

I really liked your first poem. Well, I liked both of them, but I am going to try and talk Clark into making the first one part of our thanksgiving traditions. One other tradition that I am trying to get started in our home is taking the turkey for its last flight around the kitchen before going into the oven. I wonder which tradition Clark will be more willing to start. Anyways, I think the poems is a good idea because it makes you focus. Thanks for sharing the ideas!

Marae Lindsey said...

i miss your poems hanging in the bathroom.

Nancy said...

Clever, clever, clever. Thanks for making me feel thanksgivingy today!

Mrs. Haynie said...

Your poem will be the first one read at Thanksgiving dinner this year! However, because we have 20+ people coming for dinner, I don't think we'll require that everyone read a poem prior to eating. Maybe we'll disperse them occasionally throughout the meal. Some years we read them between dinner and dessert.