Thursday, November 17, 2022

Thanksgiving 2022

For the Beauty of the Earth --

"One is constantly reminded of the lavishness and fertility of nature..."  - John Muir

Thanksgiving on the Farm

O, the farm was bright, Thanksgiving morn 
With its stacks of hay and shocks of corn, 
Its pumpkin heaps in the rambling shed, 
And its apples brown and green and red; 
And in the cellar, the winter store, 
In bins that were filled and running o’er 
With all the things that a farm could keep / 
In barrel and bin and goodly heap, 
Hung to the rafters and hid away— 
O the farm was a pleasant place to stay!

And here and there was the Jersey stock, 
The sheep and horses, old Prince and Jock— 
The turkeys and geese and awkward calf 
And the goat that made the children laugh, 
A pair of mules that a friend had sent 
Out to the farm for experiment, 
Pigeons and fowls and a guinea pig, 
Dogs that were small and dogs that were big, 
Chickens that were white and black and gray— 
O the farm was a jolly sight that day.

-- shared from Bernardsville News Nov 23,1922 p 3

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

It is a special Thanksgiving Poetry Friday, thanks to our host, Jama Rattigan. She serves up some wonderful Thanksgiving food photos and one hilarious Thanksgiving poem. Be sure to click HERE!


  1. For the beauty of the earth, indeed! Thank you for these lovely images and words that certainly inspire gratitude. xo

  2. Oh how I'm loving everyone's post of gratitude today! This poem reminds me so much of a grandparents' farm, Karen. They had it all, a root cellar full, all the animals, too. It is wonderful: "O the farm was a pleasant place to stay!" Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  3. Wonderful poem, such vivid images! Truly a poem of thanksgiving for nature's bounty. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Lavish is right! Thank you, Karen--Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Thank you for your beautiful images and for sharing such a cozy poem! I felt like I was sitting by a fire drinking hot cider. Happy Poetry Friday!

  6. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We feel blessed with our long time friends.

  7. I love that hymn! Thank you for illustrating it with your gorgeous photos.
    What a fun poem. I love all the details--the goat that made the children laugh, a horse named Jock, a guinea and wonderful.

  8. You've inspired such gratitude, Karen. Thank you, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. Karen, I love the poem you shared, especially these lines -
    In bins that were filled and running o’er
    With all the things that a farm could keep / It reminded me of the shaker hymn Simple Gifts - a favorite of mine. Thank you for reminding us to be grateful for all we have. Happy Thanksgiving. - Carol from The Apples in My Orchard.

  10. So much to be grateful for in this poem- and in your photos! Happy Thanksgiving!