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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving in the Barn

     Here is a first for me.  I'm reposting (with some corrections) a poem from Thanksgiving last year.  When I looked at this poem, I still liked it and I wanted to share it with you again.

All of the animals
on the farm
have Thanksgiving dinner
in the barn.

But before they chow-down
for their meal,
each of them mentions
how thankful they feel.

The horse neighs he's thankful
for his bucket of oats.
The sheep baa thanks
for their warm wooly coats.

Above their heads
a spider is grinning
she says she is thankful
for the web she is spinning.

The ducks give their thanks,
and especially the drake,
with the geese and the goslings,
for an unfrozen lake.

The pig oinks, he is thankful
for his muddy sty
and for the scraps 
of uneaten pie.

The goat butts his head
To spread hay in his pen.
The rooster crows, he is
thankful for all of the hens.

The chickens are thankful
they're still laying eggs.
The dog says he's thankful
for treats when he begs.

The cow says she is thankful
for cream with a moo,
and they all want to know
if you're thankful too.

     I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, that you enjoyed the parade, that your team won the football game, and that there are plenty of left-overs for your turkey sandwich today.  Thank you for stopping by today and for all the help and support you've given to me in my writing poetry for children.  I'm especially thankful for you.
    The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Mary Lee this week over at Year of Reading.


  1. How fun! I love the idea of all the animals giving thanks.

    1. Thanks Liz. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  2. A delightful and heartwarming poem, Joy. It feels very comforting :). Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Thanks for sharing this again.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Jama. I love the fun at your blog today.

  3. I am thankful for your daily poems, Joy. I love the animals being thankful.

    1. Thank you Jone. We are having incredibly warm weather today. It is wonderful.

  4. I just read your poem to my granddaughter, Joy! She is right in the middle of loving all animals, & at 3, especially farm ones (+ dinosaurs), so it was perfect for her. I think you were so clever in the rhyming in it. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

    1. Oh Linda. You've made my day. I'm so pleased if your grand daughter enjoyed my poem. I'll put on my thinking cap and see about posting some dinosaur poems for her. Which is her favorite dinosaur?
      Do you know the joke--What was George Washington's favorite dinosaur?
      He didn't have one because they didn't know about dinosaurs in Washington's time. The fossils hadn't been found yet.

    2. Ha! No, I haven't heard that joke. There's a topic for a poem, why do poets write so many poems about George Washington? Her favorite dinosaur is a Pteranodon, which she was at Halloween.

  5. How about the turkeys are thinkful they were nhot chosen for thanksgiving dinner. ily

    1. Absolutely the turkey was thankful he didn't get eaten.

  6. Too bad we humans aren't always as thankful for the little things, like the animals are! Nice concept!

    1. Thanks Matt for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great weekend.

  7. Replies
    1. Yes, Ruth. I think there is a lot to be thankful for. Now if my football team doesn't give the game away, I'll be really happy.

  8. Fun, Joy! I was just listening to Christmas carols as I worked on the tree, and Friendly Beasts, one of my favorites was on. A listing of all the animals and what each contributed...this poem echoes it a bit:>)

    1. Thanks Laura
      Is your tree up already? Oh how wonderful! Please send me a picture of your tree. Isn't this a wonderful time of the year?

  9. Joy,
    I'm glad you gave this poem a chance to recirculate. Nice to think of the animals as models for giving thanks.

    1. Hey Linda,
      Thank you. I was worried about re-cycling this poem.