🥧poetry friday roundup is here🌽

Please help yourself to apple cider, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, oatmeal raisin cookies and a Dreamy Pear slice.

Welcome to Poetry Friday at Alphabet Soup!

So, it’s almost turkey o’clock. Does Thanksgiving fill you with dread or anticipation? Will you find the holiday relaxing or stressful? A good sense of humor is essential whether you’re dealing with dry turkey, lumpy mashed potatoes, or high drama with relatives.

Mr Cornelius contemplates giant oatmeal cookies.

The older I get, the more I appreciate Melanie White’s Instagram caption: “Thanksgiving – when the people who are the most thankful are the ones who didn’t have to cook.” 😀

True, yet when you don’t cook, you don’t have any leftovers, which I think are actually the best part of Thanksgiving (hello, hot turkey sandwiches, apple pie for breakfast, sausage stuffing for lunch). When all the niceties and formalities of the holiday are over, you can finally be alone with your food and have your way with it.

Austin poet C J Beaman’s parody says it all.


by C J Beaman

Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn't sleep, 
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. 
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white, 
But I fought off the temptation with all of my might. 

I tossed and I turned with sweet anticipation, 
As the thought of a snack became infatuation. 
So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door 
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore. 

I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes, 
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes. 
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round, 
'Til all of a sudden, I rose off the ground. 

I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky 
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie. 
But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees... 
Happy eating to all! Pass the cranberries, please! 

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, 
May your potatoes & gravy have nary a lump, 
May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize, 
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs. 

Remember to share with those less fortunate,
And may your Thanksgiving be blessed!

~ Copyright © 2001, C J Beaman. All rights reserved.
“Pie in the Sky” by Dan Craig.



Thanks to all who left interesting comments about your aunts. Thoroughly enjoyed reading them! After Mr Cornelius wrote all the commentors’ names down on pieces of paper, he tossed them into Paddington’s bush hat so Aunt Lucy could pick two winners. And they are:



🥁 drum roll please 🥁






🎉🎉Congratulations, Jone and Mary Lee!! 🎉 🎉

Please email your snail mail addresses and we’ll get the books out to you lickety split!

Thanks again, everyone. 🙂


Now, please leave your links with the dapper Mr. Linky below. Better take a few more bites to sustain you while you zip around the blogosphere reading all the fine poems, reviews, and poetic ruminations being shared by our poetry peeps this week.



“Mulberry Cake” by Loré Pemberton


*Copyright © 2022 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.

41 thoughts on “🥧poetry friday roundup is here🌽

  1. Leftovers are my favorite part, Jama! The poem is tasty & tempting right as I write, because it’s what will be happening one week from now! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for hosting!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mr. C., and the whole fam and crew! Thank you for the extra-yummy (& extra-fun) post, and for rounding us all up at your table this week. I’ll make cranberry sauce as I do every year, Jeff will conjure up some vegan deliciousness, and our grown kiddos will bring dishes and drink and dogs. And this year, the grandbaby! :0)

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  3. Jama, thank you for the pre-Thanksgiving feast of a variety of artistic expressions. From the artwork to the beautifully plated desserts to the funny poem, I enjoyed them all. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

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  4. Oh, my goodness…November has gobbled me right up. It’s nice to visit here and find some humor along with delicious calorie free LOOKING at food. Yum! I do love a good paraody. Thanks for hosting today.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Jama! Beaman’s poem, especially the line, “May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs”. Ir reminds me of my favorite Thanksgiving pun: Gobble until you Wobble. 🙂
    The 24th will be just another Thursday in November here in Switzerland, but the Swiss DO ‘celebrate’ Black Friday. Go figure…

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  6. Thank you, Jama. This was delicious, and I am full even before breakfast! We’re all snowed in, and thanks to you, I’ll be making chocolate chip pumpkin bread. And too, reading this poem to my family on Thanksgiving. Much gratitude and love. xo, a.

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  7. Ha! That Beaman poem is the best! Leftovers are indeed uplifting. 😀
    Thanks so much for hosting, Jama, and I hope you have a safe, delicious, and very happy Thanksgiving too! xo

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Jama! The image of pie in the sky reminded me of the origins of the phrase, which I heard about while working as a history curriculum writer. Here’s an explanation from Wiktionary: The phrase is originally from the song “The Preacher and the Slave” (1911) by Swedish-American labor activist and songwriter Joe Hill (1879–1915), which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn “In the Sweet By-and-By” (published 1868). The song criticizes the Salvation Army for focusing on people’s salvation rather than on their material needs:

    You will eat, bye and bye,
    In that glorious land above the sky;
    Work and pray, live on hay,
    You’ll get pie in the sky when you die.

    Joe Hill was executed for a murder he may not have committed. He famously said before dying: “Don’t mourn—organize!”

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  9. Hahahaha. I always leave your blog hungry, Jama. We’re going out to eat on Thanksgiving, but I’m going to make a turkey breast and stuffing the day after, so that I can have leftovers, too :>D Thank you for hosting, and have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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  10. Yes, I am stressed getting ready to cook our Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day dinners this year! However, I always have time to comment on your lovely posts, even if I am a day late! Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the funny poem; you always brighten my day. By the way I bought that book I Like You for my son awhile back! He’s married now, but I still have the book!🤣🤣👍

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    1. Sounds like you have a LOT of cooking ahead of you, Joanne (will you adopt me?). I’m surprised that several people are familiar with the I Like You book. I only recently dug it out while looking for an orange colored cover to go with the post. It’s a little gem, isn’t it?


  11. Hi, Jama–thanks for the fun poems and illustrations…but my FAVORITE part of this post is catching a glimpse of that kooky little book called I LIKE YOU! It’s part of the core memories of my childhood and it’s around here someplace, but just seeing it gives me a frisson of delight. I always think of it as a piece of esoterica that no one else knows, but clearly at least you and Irene do!

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