A GOOD THANKSGIVING
By Annie Douglas Green Robinson
Said Old Gentleman Gay, “On a Thanksgiving Day,
If you want a good time, then give something away.”
So he sent a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price,
And the shoemaker said, “What a big bird! How nice!
And, since such good dinners before me, I ought
To give poor Widow Lee the small chicken I bought.”
“This fine chicken, Oh see!” said the pleased Widow Lee,
“And the kindness that sent it, how precious to me!
I would like to make someone as happy as I
I’ll give Washerwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie.”
“And O sure” Biddy said, “Tis the queen of all pies!
Just to look at its face gladdens my eyes!
Now it’s my turn, I think: and a sweet ginger-cake
For the motherless Finigan children I’ll bake.”
“A sweet-cake all our own! Tis too good to be true!”
Said the Finigan children, Rose, Denny and Hugh;
“It smells sweet of spice, and we will carry a slice
To poor little lame Jake-who has nothing that’s nice.”
“Oh, I thank you, and thank you!” said little lame Jake:
“O what a bootiful, bootiful, bootiful cake!
And O, such a big slice! I will save all the crumbs,
I will give ‘em to each little sparrow that comes!”
And the sparrows, they twittered, as if they would say,
Like Old Gentleman Gay, “On a Thanksgiving Day,
If you want a good time, then give something away!”
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EACH ONE OF YOU! COUNT YOUR MANY BLESSINGS!