Thanksgiving Poem

The Contrasting Sides Of Thanksgiving Gratitude

I am an author in my school's literary magazine and one of the prompts was simply to write a poem about Thanksgiving. After seeing online and at an assembly in my school the style and interest of a poem that can be read forwards and backwards, I experimented myself and wrote a poem about the contrasting sides of being thankful vs. not being thankful on Thanksgiving.

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I love the idea and the concept of this story. It shows that we should never be ungrateful. I especially like the idea of reading it from the bottom to the top. Very well-written.

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Are You Thankful?

Joey F. Gibbs ©

Published: November 2016

I'm not thankful for anything
And never will I proclaim that:
"I am thankful for every moment."
Because really
Who cares about family and friends?
How can someone say
Thanksgiving actually means something?
I have always believed that
No one cares about your gratitude
Because it's so untrue that
Everyone has a reason to be grateful.
Did you know that
Even the most impoverished have a reason to be thankful?
There has to be something because
We all gather to be happy.
That is wrong.
Gathering together in celebration just takes up space.
It's cynical to think
People don't deserve to be thanked.
Time doesn't need to be taken to appreciate everyone and
There is no way to say that.
I will always say
I'm not thankful for anything.

(Read from bottom to top.)

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  • Madhuri Ghosh by Madhuri Ghosh
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I love the idea and the concept of this story. It shows that we should never be ungrateful. I especially like the idea of reading it from the bottom to the top. Very well-written.

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