On Thanksgiving Day when the table was spread,
There was turkey and dressing and fresh loaves
A variety of vegetables steaming hot,
Were brought to the table straight from the pot.
There were homemade pickles straight from the
To find any better one would have to go far!
The pumpkin, apple, and mincemeat pies,
If taken to the fair would have won first prize!
There were cabbage and corn puddins' and candied
And several different kinds of jellies and jams!
There were freshly baked apples, yellow and red,
And friendship, banana nut, and cranberry
On the counter nearby was a ship-shaped bin,
Filled with cookies shaped like pilgrim women
When the meal was fully prepared those gathered
Bowed their heads and listened to Grandpa's
He said, "We thank Thee Lord for this
"Each one of us is grateful from the eldest to
"We could never repay You for the bountiful
"Of vegetables from the garden and crops from
There were more taters in the hills and the corn
had larger ears,"
"And the pumpkin and squash crop was the biggest
"We also thank Thee, Lord for the sunshine and
'"And for the perfect weather for harvesting
"Lord, You've always been Someone on whom we
"You're closer than a brother and our dearest
"We thank Thee for fellowship with these our
"And if it be Thy will we'll meet once again!"
Suddenly, Grandpa finished his prayer and then,
The kinfolk all joined together with a hearty
©Robert F. Dotson