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Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving In Ten Takes…

28/11/2013

“The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.” William Blake

Haiku:  On Thanksgiving, we share an abundance of good food

Haiku: Thanksgiving –  A Bountiful Harvest means sharing good food

Haiku: Happy Tahnskgivng in ten takes - Menorah Livhts; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Haiku: Thanksgiving – Menorah Lights; This year Hanukkah starts on the same day

Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s formed with 5 syllables
I’m grateful for that

On this special day
We give thanks for our blessings
Gratitude abounds

A rare gift this year
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving
Let’s celebrate both

A quote floated by…
“Thankful people are happy!”
On Facebook today

Say thanks and prayers
Life is short. We never know…
For whom the bell tolls

Thanksgiving is truly the beginning of the Holiday Season in the US, and families gather to give thanks, celebrate with loved ones and share their good fortune. Thanksgiving 2013 stands as a very unique one because it falls on the same day as the start of Hanukkah. What a delightful day to be thankful for the diversity in the world! What Are You Thankful For this season? As we prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meal and the weekend, let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share the history/heritage of Thanksgiving, Give thanks, volunteer, and share your gratitude with all, Practice food safety and eat in moderation, and Gather informative, safety driving and travel tips.  Enjoy the festivities and send hugs and love to all who might be hurting or alone on this special day.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy!
More Below!

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” W. Clement Stone

Haiku: A Currier & Ives Thanksgiving card

Haiku: Thanksgiving – A Currier & Ives Thanksgiving card

Haiku: Thanksgiving -  A colorful Dreidel adds to the spirit of Hanukkah

Haiku: Thanksgiving – A colorful Dreidel adds to the spirit of Hanukkah

Always remember
Writing a haiku a day
Keeps blocked heads at bay

In case we forget
To say thanks and a prayer
Sweet smiles will suffice

Don’t count your seedlings
Plant them with care; tend with love
What we sow, will grow.

Do count your blessings
Add your friends and family
Share some with the poor…

Happy Thanksgiving!
Share some food, love, and goodwill
Now, what could top that?

The joy of Haiku, like the joy of Thanksgiving,  is that you can be playful or philosophical and still get your message across. The WP DailyPost Weekly Challenge called for five days of Haiku, and I have duly indulged my love of the genre here; Two for each day = a total of Ten stanzas (five above and five below) in honor of Thanksgiving.  I chose the traditional  17 morae Haiku 5-7-5 phrasing/syllable format. (Line 1 = 5; Line 2 = 7; and Line 3 = 5 syllables.)  Don’t get bogged down with too many details this holiday season, go with the flow and choose only what you can use.  Share a holiday haiku below if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed mine. How did you/do you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving? How would you have written your fun haiku? Do share! Have an inspired weekend! Thank you.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo! For this week’s challenge,You can write two haiku one day and three the next, or five all in one day, or one haiku every day from today through Friday — the choice is entirely up to you.

Positive Motivation Tip: Treat every day as a day of Thanksgiving and watch your gratitude quotient grow.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Good harvest food, Currier & Ives card, Driedel, via Wikipedia, Flickr or my personal collection Hanukkah Menorah via Huffpost.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 29/11/2013 11:02 am

    Restaurant dinner.
    Nothing for the little dog.
    Cupcake wants turkey!!

    Love and licks and giggles,
    Cupcake :)

  2. 29/11/2013 11:26 am

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Welcome back tot he blogosphere!

  3. 29/11/2013 6:14 pm

    I LOVE haiku!

  4. 29/11/2013 7:39 pm

    Thank you, Eliz! I loved your Haiku! Here is one for you:

    Why am I thankful?
    Family and friends are here
    Today is for love

  5. 29/11/2013 9:46 pm

    Cook and prepare food
    Family eats so quickly.
    It’s over too soon. :-)

    Yours had more meaning, but this is my experience. LOL!

  6. 30/11/2013 5:10 am

    Happy Thanksgiving. Belated I know. Hope you had a good day

  7. 30/11/2013 6:52 am

    Good to hear from you Eliz! Missed your post.:) Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. 30/11/2013 8:40 am

    Welcome back!

  9. 30/11/2013 8:56 am

    Wow! This is great.

  10. 01/12/2013 5:51 am

    a haiku blessing
    exactly what is needed
    after black Friday
    — — —
    peace to you, Eliz ~happy Sunday ☺

  11. 02/12/2013 10:12 pm

    Wow this is really great. Before, i don’t know what thanksgiving is since we are not celebrating this one here in our country.

  12. 05/12/2013 7:45 am

    Wonderful bouquet of haiku shared on Thanksgiving. :-) Thanks!

  13. 05/12/2013 7:46 am

    wonderful bouquet
    shared with love on Thanksgiving
    our hearts are grateful :-)

  14. 06/12/2013 9:31 am

    Aww wonderful!

  15. WordsFallFromMyEyes permalink
    14/12/2013 4:51 pm

    Wonderful :)

  16. 19/12/2013 1:07 am

    As Christmas nears, it’s also another occasion to give thanks. :) Let’s all have a grateful heart!

  17. sikat101 permalink
    19/12/2013 5:51 am

    What is thanksgiving
    We do not celebrate here
    Turkey looks yummy

    Haha a futile attempt at writing a haiku

  18. 20/12/2013 2:03 pm

    That’s a nice one. Although we don’t celebrate it here, I think Thanksgiving is also as fun as Christmas, am I right? Merry Christmas! :-)

  19. lumpycloudprincess permalink
    10/01/2014 7:56 pm

    The Philippines needs a day devoted to thanksgiving too, I think, although we will have to pass up on the turkey (because they are expensive here :)

  20. 11/01/2014 1:46 am

    I really want to experience how to celebrate the Thanks giving day. Not just to celebrate but to really feel the celebration.

  21. msculit permalink
    11/01/2014 2:33 am

    It does not matter which religion someone is in, it is just fitting and right to give Thanks. :)

  22. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    11/01/2014 7:35 pm

    I wish I have the skill to write a haiku just like you. Unfortunately, I am not talented for it lol.

  23. Julie & Julia's Mom (@OmLiaLie) permalink
    13/01/2014 10:59 pm

    I never quite understand the meaning of Haiku, hehehe! But I just know it’s thanksgiving :)

  24. 26/11/2014 6:46 am

    Reblogged this on Mirth and Motivation and commented:

    Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone! During this joyful season, please think of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away, and others who are alone during this time of celebration. Send them a heartfelt message of love and goodwill.
    Thank You to my readers, to all of you who stop by to comment or just read this blog, to friends and family online and off, to my fellow bloggers, BlogHer and SITSGirls SITstahs, WordPress staffers and happiness engineers, my social media and Facebook groups friends, friends in various communities, and everyone out there. Cheers! :-)

  25. katrinagehman permalink
    26/11/2014 7:08 am

    awesome poem. i’m very thankful for my family this year!

  26. Emily R. (@busymomblog) permalink
    26/11/2014 7:32 am

    I am thankful for my family! This is my kids’ first Thanksgiving in America!

  27. Larry Schwartz permalink
    26/11/2014 7:45 am

    Spending Thanksgiving,
    In California’s L.A.,
    Is unique this year.

    Meeting an old friend,
    Now for the very first time,
    Known only online.

    Sending help back home,
    While enjoying the air here,
    I’m grateful for that.

  28. 26/11/2014 8:37 am

    Happy thanksgiving Elizabeth! Although the celebration isn’t exactly one of the celebrations we normally have here, we’re having it with our kids this year. :)

    Love the Haikus..I kept counting the syllables haha

  29. 26/11/2014 8:55 am

    Happy Thanksgiving, Elizabeth! Perhaps I’ll see you down at the bakery picking up a pie later ;-)

  30. 26/11/2014 5:30 pm

    Enjoyed the second haiku the most, especially the line about sharing with the poor. It’s important to remember (and help) those who don’t have a table full of food this holiday season.

  31. 27/11/2014 2:53 am

    Welcome back! Glad to know about Haiku, My family is the source of my happiness. Happy Thanksgiving!

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