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After The Turkey


By Raymond A. Foss

We sat sated in the den
ready for pie; but not quite
needing to sit a bit, settle our
bloated tummies, because
it was after the turkey,
after the rolls, after the potatoes,
the gravy, cranberries,
the vegetables, the stuffing,
the bounty of the feast we call
Thanksgiving, when seconds
become thirds, and the eye is
bigger than the stomach,
and eating is expected
Because cooking is love
and love is eating all of it
and we sit quietly, letting
the tryptophan do its thing
slowly easing the day
and making us ready
for dessert

Thanksgiving – Doris Lee

This oil on canvas painting by Doris Lee is one of my favorite Thanksgiving images.  It was first exhibited in 1935 and its popularity made national headlines, and the painting also won the prestigious Logan Purchase Award.

I think I enjoy this painting so much because it is warm, family-oriented and nurturing, depicting a bustling kitchen of cooks preparing a Thanksgiving meal for their loved ones.  It was popular in 1935 and still strikes a chord in people today.

thanksgiving doris lee

Thanksgiving – S. Moore


By S. Moore

When smiling spring with noiseless tread,
Her gem-bespangled carpet spread,
We sought the fields with eager feet,
The green-robed goddess there to meet.

Then summer came with warmer glow,
More life and vigor to bestow,
And flowers blushed a richer bloom,
And filled the air with sweet perfume.

The trees put on their gayest dress,
And smiled in all their loveliness,
While blooming Flora widely spread
Her gems o’er mountain, vale and mead.

The sweet delicious fruits matured,
And we the precious gifts secured,
And vegetation grew and thrived,
While hope was strengthened and revived.

Then autumn with her golden treasures,
Came to increase our earthly pleasures,
And fill our basket and our store
Until we ceased to ask for more.

With these enriching blessings blest,
Then let us take our needed rest,
And in our homes that peace enjoy,
Which stormy winters can’t destroy.

Oft in this hyperborean clime
Too many have a dreary time,
For scanty means insure distress,
And suffering want brings weariness.

O! ye who in your busy strife
Secured the luxuries of life,
Don’t steel your hearts, nor shut your door
Against the suffering, needy poor.

It makes our cup of joy o’erflow
To ease a fellow mortal’s woe;
It thrills our hearts with sweet delight
To know and feel we acted right.

Thus shall our winter joys increase,
Our homes and hearts be filled with peace,
While round the festive board we meet
And feast on bliss, divinely sweet.

If some loved book my thoughts engage,
Then let the howling tempests rage,
They cannot chill, nor bid depart
The joy that glows within my heart.

And should the muse my heart control,
And raise the ardor of my soul,
I’ll sing of Zion’s grand advance–
Of virtue, peace and temperance.

Pumpkin pie jigsaw puzzle

I find online jigsaw puzzles to be quite relaxing, so for your Thanksgiving entertainment I am including a link to TheJigSawPuzzles.com, which is a website that provides free online digital jigsaw puzzles.  The link will take you to the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie puzzle.  Enjoy!