Thanksgiving Poems
Rhyming and Free Verse Poetry on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving poems that rhyme for cards, programs. Funny Thanksgiving verse for kids. Quality poetry on Thanksgiving, about gratitude, blessings, appreciation. 

The Thanksgiving rhymes below can be personalized and customized in any way you like. Make your Thanksgiving wishes unique to you.

Thanksgiving Feasting

When the Halloween pumpkins are gone,
And the leaves have all fallen to ground,
When the air has turned windy and cold,
Then Thanksgiving will soon be around.

Thoughts of loved ones all feasting together,
Pleasant pictures from past times appear
To dwell in each heart and each mind--
Then Thanksgiving is finally here!

The kitchen has scrumptious aromas,
The dining room looks oh, so fine,
Decorations with pilgrims and turkeys,
And now we are ready to dine!

First the napkins are placed on our laps;
Now the prayer for the meal to be blessed,
Then we stuff the good food in our tummies,
And we hope for it all to digest!

By Joanna Fuchs

The Thanksgiving verse below is perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner thank you note. 

Thank You For Inviting Us

Thank you for inviting us
To your Thanksgiving dinner.
A day spent in your company
Is invariably a winner.

Thank you for the time you spent
Preparing all the food;
For making us feel welcome,
You have our gratitude!

By Joanna Fuchs

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This Thanksgiving poem is perfect for a Thanksgiving greeting card message.

Best Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!

By Joanna Fuchs

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This Thanksgiving poem in free verse is meant to go in a paper card or e-card.

We’re Thankful For...

We’re thankful for the basics:
food, clothing and comfortable shelter;
the rest is a bountiful bonus.
We’re thankful for work, play,
and the treasured people
who make these experiences
richer and more meaningful.
We’re most thankful
for family and friends,
especially the dear friends
who are reading this card!

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

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These free Thanksgiving Day poems bring up thoughts of, well...thankfulness, as this Thanksgiving card verse does.

More Than A Day

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.

We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy, when push comes to shove.

So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot,
And you'll make all your cares go away.

By Karl Fuchs

More and more, people want to send Thanksgiving sayings to the people they care about. Thanksgiving poetry is designed for that, so this free verse (nonrhyming) Happy Thanksgiving poem will be nice in a card. It could also be used for Thanksgiving wishes for friends, as a friend or friendship or family Thanksgiving poem.

I'm Thankful for You

Thanksgiving is the appointed time
for focusing on the good in our lives.
In each of our days,
we can find small blessings,
but too often we overlook them,
choosing instead to spend our time
paying attention to problems.
We give our energy
to those who cause us trouble
instead of those who bring peace.
Starting now,
let's be on the lookout
for the bits of pleasure in each hour,
and appreciate the people who
bring love and light to everyone
who is blessed to know them.
You are one of those people.
On Thanksgiving,
I'm thankful for you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving wishes can include a list of things to be thankful for. This inspirational Thanksgiving poem shows that basic, simple pleasures are often the best ones. It's a thankful Thanksgiving poem.

Thanksgiving Delights

On Thanksgiving Day we're thankful for
Our blessings all year through,
For family we dearly love,
For good friends, old and new.

For sun to light and warm our days,
For stars that glow at night,
For trees of green and skies of blue,
And puffy clouds of white.

We're grateful for our eyes that see
The beauty all around,
For arms to hug, and legs to walk,
And ears to hear each sound.

The list of all we're grateful for
Would fill a great big book;
Our thankful hearts find new delights
Everywhere we look!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving poetry often centers on the pleasures of friends and loved ones, as this Thanksgiving Day poem does.

Most of All

Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.
Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends,
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.
You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving, (and every day)
we appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving Day poetry is often about the special foods eaten on that holiday. This Thanksgiving rhyme includes dishes familiar to many.

Save Room

As meals go, Thanksgiving dinner
Is always a feast--a five star winner.
Here comes the salad, dressed just right,
The golden brown turkey--a savory delight;

The stuffing now, and then the gravy,
The jello mold, all wiggly and wavy.
Take some cranberry sauce and candied yams;
Is there room for fresh made rolls and jams?

More dishes tempt me; ah, but I
Must save some room for pumpkin pie!

By Joanna Fuchs

This Thanksgiving poem says that Thankgiving is more than just about feasting and food.

Grateful Thanksgiving

Although we feast on this special day,
Thanksgiving isn't just for food;
We focus on blessings great and small;
Thanksgiving is for gratitude.

I'm grateful for good things in my life;
I appreciate them the whole year through.
Some are better than others, though:
One of the best is knowing you!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving poems should evoke the special memories of holidays past, the whole special Thanksgiving process, as this thanks giving poem does. It includes Thanksgiving wishes for the people you care about.

Thanksgiving is...

Thanksgiving is anticipation...
the excitement of wonderful aromas,
golden, harvest-themed décor,
the best linens, china and silver.
Thanksgiving is...
platters of of special Thanksgiving foods
prepared only once a year,
mmn...mmn... mouths watering,
ecstatic taste buds quivering with joy.
Thanksgiving is...
the family all around the table,
clean, dressed, smiles all around,
recitation of what we are thankful for,
the saying of grace,
our special Thanksgiving prayer.
And now, finally, dig in!
We are thinking of you
at Thanksgiving, and hoping
your Thanksgiving experience
will be surrounded
by a special glow in your memory.

By Joanna Fuchs

Friendship Thanksgiving poetry for greeting cards has to be short enough to fit, so this Thanksgiving rhyme, which is a friend or friendship Thanksgiving poem, is short and fond. If you are sending this as a couple, change the last stanza to read "our friends," "our lives," and "what we're thankful for."

Thanksgiving Friends

Thanksgiving is a time
For reviewing what we treasure,
The people we hold dear,
Who give us so much pleasure.

Without you as my friend,
Life would be a bore;
Having you in my life
Is what I'm thankful for.

By Joanna Fuchs

Many people are looking for cards with Thanksgiving poems to express their thanks to the people who make their lives satisfying. This Thanksgiving greeting communicates that. You can substitute the name(s) of the people you are giving the poem to for the word "now" in the last line. If you are a single person sending this, just change "our" to "my," "we" to "I," and "we're" to "I'm." This could also be in the category of friend Thanksgiving poetry.

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You've Made A Difference

As Thanksgiving Day approaches,
Our blessings we recall;
The things we are most thankful for,
We recollect them all.

You are really special,
In all you say and do.
You've made a difference in our lives;
We're thankful now for you.

By Joanna Fuchs

This Thanksgiving Day poem is a reminder to be thankful every day. It's a Thanksgiving wish to always keep our blessings in mind.

Thanksgiving Every Day

The table is brimming with good things to eat;
We're surrounded by family and friends; what a treat.
The feelings that fill us today can't be beat;
It's Thanksgiving Day, and it all feels complete.

But other days, sometimes, things don't seem so fine;
Those days are not polished and don't seem to shine.
It's then in our minds, we forget all the good,
And think of the things we would get, if we could.

On days when our thinking causes us dread,
If we could remember, it's all in our head,
And not let our minds take our gratitude away,
Then we'd make every day like Thanksgiving Day.

By Karl Fuchs

Thanksgiving Day poems often center around family gatherings; This family Thanksgiving poem could also be used for a young child saying Thanksgiving grace.

A Family Thanksgiving

Mom and Dad and all the folks
Who sit around the table,
All give thanks to the Lord above
For the fact that we are able
To have the food and shelter
We all need to survive,
And have the love of family
That makes it good to be alive.

By Karl Fuchs

This free verse poetry on Thanksgiving could be a friendship Thanksgiving poem, or it can be given to a loved one.

Why Thanksgiving Is Important

Thanksgiving is important
because it reminds me
how thankful I am for you.
You are important
because you enrich my life
in countless ways.
You are strength;
you are support;
you are encouragement.
You are sunshine,
lighting up the dark corners of my life
with your unique, uplifting energy.
Thanksgiving is important
because it prompts me, each year,
to tell you how much you mean to me.
Happy Thanksgiving! 

By Joanna Fuchs

This Thanksgiving poem in free verse reminds us that giving thanks isn't just for one day a year. It's a Thanksgiving wish to always focus on the positive aspects of life and be thankful for them.

After the Turkey Is Gone

After the turkey is gone, what then?
Will we keep in mind the blessings
for which we claimed to be thankful?
Or will we allow the chaos of everyday life,
real and imagined problems,
to intrude into the contentment
we felt on Thanksgiving Day.

The cranberries, the stuffing and pie a dim memory,
will we focus on trivial irritations,
or will we hold on to what's really important,
the deep, satisfying, good things we have
instead of what we imagine we want
but haven't got.

After the turkey is gone,
cling to the blessings;
remember what makes life worth living;
continue thanks giving.

By Joanna Fuchs

What would the Thanksgiving celebration be without the kitchen? This Thanksgiving poem gives it the honor it deserves.

The Thanksgiving Kitchen

Scrumptious aromas
tease eager appetites.
Eyes wide, aglow with the anticipation
of sampling once-a-year delights.
Love poured out in familiar embrace,
bonding hearts anew.
Dishes emerge from the magic place;

The masterpiece is ready to eat.
The Thanksgiving kitchen,
comforting, cheering, satisfying.
Plates full of happiness.
So simple, so fulfilling.
Happy Thanksgiving!

By Joanna Fuchs

Thanksgiving Song

Here's a Thanksgiving poem that is also a Thanksgiving song and a Thanksgiving prayer—a three-in-one! You could print our the lyrics on little pieces of paper and put them next to each plate so you could all sing it together before dinner.

The song is to the public domain melody most familiar to those who celebrate Thanksgiving Day: We Gather Together (to ask the Lord's blessing). You can find it in any protestant hymn book. Remember that although it's fine to sing the melody, any arrangement of harmony parts and accompaniment may be under copyright. If so, there will probably be a copyright notice at the bottom of the page, but it is always your responsibility to check that out. This song is a Thanksgiving wish to God for blessings.

Thanksgiving Dinner Poem, Song and Prayer

Our table is set now; great food you can bet now.
It's Thanksgiving Day, and we're ready to eat;
All those near and dear us are here today to cheer us.
This dinner is a winner, a wonderful treat.

It's time to be thankful for all that God gives us;
Dear Lord, we are grateful; Dear God, hear our prayer.
It's You we are praising; our voices we are raising;
Bless us and bless this food; keep us safe in your care.

By Joanna Fuchs

This poem of praise and thanksgiving to God acknowledges our creator as the giver of all blessings, support and hope.

Praise and Thanksgiving to God

Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy
To us, in good times and bad.
Your support and love through everything
Is the best gift we’ve ever had.

On Thanksgiving we praise your endless love;
Your miracles astound.
Your Bible gives wisdom, strength and hope.
Each day your blessings abound.

We praise and thank you for your loving care
And for listening to our every prayer.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Kid Thanksgiving Poems

The following child Thanksgiving poetry
consists of four Thanksgiving rhymes and verse for a child.

This free kid Thanksgiving poem focuses on the benefits of the holiday to a child.

A Child's Thanksgiving Thanks

I'm thankful for the many things
That help us live as well as kings,
For all the food that makes us drool,
And another holiday from school.

By Karl Fuchs

wild turkeys in snow by birch trees

Thanksgiving poetry for kids is often silly, as this Thanksgiving poem for a child is. It's a funny kid Thanksgiving poem.

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Mom is in the kitchen,
And when I take a look,
I'm glad I'm not a turkey
That's she's about to cook!

By Karl Fuchs

Thanksgiving verse can be simple enough for a child. The counting and rhythm of this kid Thanksgiving poem makes it easy to memorize. It's a Thanksgiving turkey poem.

Countdown To Thanksgiving

One two three,
A turkey in a tree;
Four five six,
That turkey's in a fix;
Seven eight nine,
It always tastes so fine;
When we get to ten
It's Thanksgiving once again.

By Karl Fuchs

Food and thankfulness are the two most popular subjects of Thanksgiving poems for children. This kid Thanksgiving poem for a child focuses on food.

Hooray For Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving dinner;
Let's not be late;
There's lots of good food,
So fill up your plate.
With pie at the end,
It can't be beat;
Hooray for Thanksgiving,
There's so much to eat!

By Karl Fuchs

Funny Thanksgiving Poems

Funny Thanksgiving poetry often centers on food, as this funny Thanksgiving poem does.

Thanksgiving Ghost

The last piece of apple pie is gone;
How did it disappear?
The bowl of delicious stuffing
Has also vanished, I fear.

It happens each Thanksgiving,
When leftover goodies flee,
And each of us knows the responsible one
Couldn't be you or me.

The only way it could happen
Is readily diagnosed;
It must be the crafty, incredibly sneaky,
Still hungry Thanksgiving ghost.

By Karl Fuchs

Funny Thanksgiving poems can be about cooking the special feast. This humorous Thanksgiving poem is a joke about how our modern "gourmet" feasts are often prepared elsewhere. It could qualify as a funny Thanksgiving Day poem.

Your Secret's Secure

Thanksgiving's the time in November each year
When our thoughts about food seem to richen,
When turkey and dressing and other good stuff
Is being prepared in the kitchen.

But the stores did their homework way in advance;
They know what your real needs will be;
They know you'll come shopping to buy up their best,
And those sharing your feast will soon see...

You're the best cook in town, a peerless gourmet,
The turkey, dessert and the wine,
And your secret's secure that this feast was all made
By your grocery, and they sure did it fine!

By Karl and Joanna Fuchs

Funny Thanksgiving sayings about overeating are common, so here's a funny Thanksgiving poem about the "Belly Stuffer."

Belly Stuffer

Thanksgiving brings a terrible chore,
'Cause I'm forced to eat and eat some more.
If I don't eat right through dessert,
I fear the cook's feelings will surely be hurt,
So I do my part, even though I suffer;
To be a good guest, I'm a belly stuffer.

By Karl Fuchs

This funny Thanksgiving poem is a humorous Thanksgiving greeting with a cynical look at all the money that's spent on this holiday.

Thanksgiving $$$

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
What's its significance, all of us say.
We all find importance for which we are thankful,
And what we spend on Thanksgiving is surely a bank full.

First the purchase of food for parties galore,
Then the fuel and decorating costs come to the fore.
We eat so much food that many get ill,
And drug makers get richer with each little pill.

It all becomes clear, if we closely examine
That we're not giving thanks for avoiding a famine;
We're creating the wealth and the plenty we see,
Including the sports ads we watch on TV.

By Karl Fuchs

Christian Thanksgiving Poem

This Christian Thanksgiving poem helps us remember to always be thankful.

This Is The Time

This is the time to think about
Our blessings big and small,
To be aware of every one,
We’re thankful for them all.

On Thanksgiving let’s remember
The gifts from heaven above;
Then give the gift most valuable,
The gift of Christian love.

By Joanna Fuchs

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