By Mamie Ozburn Odum (? - 1975)
Newton County, Georgia's officially appointed poet laureate
Thank You, Lord, for deep green hills,
Homes with laughter, love and song,
And bread that comes by sweat of brow,
New strength to work the whole day long.
Knowing Thee, we praise in prayer,
Safe and warm from winter's cold;
Give us peace of mind and soul,
Instill new love as we grow old.
Vanquish our selfish hearts and plans,
Inspire us to be forgiving
Now, and may we be content
Giving thanks for each Thanksgiving.
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All in a Word
By Aileen Fisher
T for time to be together,
Turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away,Home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art,And abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November,Nice-things, new-things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles croon --With kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds,And something-special that abounds.
That spells THANKS. . . for joy of living
And a jolly good Thanksgiving.