Thanksgiving is the quintessential U.S. holiday. It was formalized by President Lincoln, who set aside the last Thursday of November as a day to thank God for blessings received. Thanksgiving days were an old tradition in the United States and the colonies that preceded the nation; Lincoln’s proclamation, written by Secretary of State William Seward and in response to a letter sent to Lincoln by Sarah Josepha Hale, was issued about a month before Lincoln gave his great address at Gettysburg. It attempted to make a unified national (or Union, at that time) holiday of the various state celebrations. The day has a strong religious flavor but is loved by all in the United States, believers and non-believers alike, as a time to pause and reflect, and, these days, to watch football games (or what passes for futbol in the U.S.). Write a poem about thanks, thanking, or thankfulness. Thanks for participating.
MARIE ELENA IS THANKFULOne One heart was freed One soul was saved One life unchained One sentence waived One died for me One took my place One sacrifice One act of grace One Holy God One Trinity One Perfect Lamb One thankful me
© copyright 2009, Marie Elena Good
WILLIAM’S THANKFUL POEM
OUT OF THE BLUE
My world was but a sterile place
where all about seemed empty space
and noonday sun would hide its face.
Then love came out of the blue
to alter fundamentally
what was and is, and is to be:
a sea change covered Earth and me
when love came out of the blue.
So now I step a lighter pace;
rejoice in noonday sun’s embrace;
write words of love in upper case
since you came, out of the blue.
I thank whatever gods may be
that you have changed the world for me,
for now my soul is light and free;
for you came, out of the blue.
© copyright 2013, William Preston