Friday, November 25, 2016


from "The Pumpkin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, fruit loved of boyhood! the old days recalling, 
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! 
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, 
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within! 
When we laughed round the corn-heap, with hearts all in tune, 
Our chair a broad pumpkin,—our lantern the moon, 
Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam 
In a pumpkin-shell coach, with two rats for her team! 

Then thanks for thy present! none sweeter or better 
E’er smoked from an oven or circled a platter! 
Fairer hands never wrought at a pastry more fine, 
Brighter eyes never watched o’er its baking, than thine! 
And the prayer, which my mouth is too full to express, 
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never be less, 
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below, 
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow, 
And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky 
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie! 
Wishing you loads of leftovers.
Carol hosts the round up today at Carol's Corner.


  1. Leftovers! Love 'em. I will be making turkey fried rice tonight -- and ordering some sushi to go with. Thank you for the poem! I like its enthusiasm. :) xo

  2. Ha! What a great round yarn of a poem. I am fat with enjoyment (and a breakfast of pumpkin pie) lol.

  3. No pumpkin pie for us this year, so I'll have to take several servings away from your post! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  4. Mmm! Pumpkin pie!!! I had some yesterday, but I was at a restaurant with my mom. I'm not as disciplined as Mary Lee, I just might have to go hunt down another pie today!

  5. We had our thanksgiving in October, so no pumpkin pie for us until Christmas!! :'(

  6. We had the pumpkin pie and pecan, sweetness after the after-dinner walk. He takes everything in so happily, doesn't he? Love "Our chair a broad pumpkin,—our lantern the moon"

  7. What a joyous poem! I like that same line that Linda mentions, and the part about Cinderella, and the homage to the pie baker, and...

  8. What a delightful poem and perfect for sharing at this time of year!

  9. What a delightful poem and perfect for sharing at this time of year!

  10. Sweet poem - and photo! It brings to mind the huge Costco pumpkin pie that's cooling its heels in our freezer. I'd better not yield to temptation...

  11. What a fabulous poem that ends with sunset sky rhyming with pumpkin pie. Ahhh.

  12. Love the look of that pumpkin pie - and you're right, it does go with the sweetness of the poem.