Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Thanksgiving Poem


Thanksgiving Time

by Langston Hughes (1921)

When the night winds whistle through the trees and blow the crisp brown leaves a-crackling down,
When the autumn moon is big and yellow-orange and round,
When old Jack Frost is sparkling on the ground,
    It’s Thanksgiving Time!

When the pantry jars are full of mince-meat and the shelves are laden with sweet spices for a cake,
When the butcher man sends up a turkey nice and fat to bake,
When the stores are crammed with everything ingenious cooks can make,
    It’s Thanksgiving Time!

When the gales of coming winter outside your window howl,
When the air is sharp and cheery so it drives away your scowl,
When one’s appetite craves turkey and will have no other fowl,
    It’s Thanksgiving Time!


Happy Thanksgiving! 
Enjoy the long holiday weekend. I'll see you next week.

13 comments:

  1. Today when I was able to zip to work in 30 minutes in no traffic I finally started to feel the holidays approaching. We aren't cooking at my house this year so it hasn't felt very festive. So looking forward to family and food tomorrow, though.

    A beautiful poem by one of my favorite poets. I hope you have a really beautiful Thanksgiving with your girls JoAnn!

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  2. Lovely! I wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving day.

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving and thankyou for sharing this lovely poem.

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family & friends.

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  5. Have a happy and yummy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Lovely poem, Joann.

    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with the special people in your life. I count you and other bloggers in the things I am thankful for.

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  7. Thank you, I think this poem will be perfect to share with the family. Have a lovely day.

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Hope you have a happy, healthy holiday.

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  9. I found myself reminded of the old Edgar Guest poems as I read this. Not how I usually think of LH. I put up EG's Thanksgiving last year. See what you think:

    http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2011/11/todays-poem-by-edgar-guest.html

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving, JoAnn! What a wonderful poem to share, I really like Langston Hughes' words. (Probably because they make sense to me, much like Robert Frosts'. :)

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  11. Happy Thanksgiving!! Love the poem and hope that you had an amazing day!!

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  12. Thanks for the atmospheric verses! How I admire your Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful time and Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

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