THANKSGIVING DAY POETRY by Joseph S. Spence, Sr., | PAROUSIA Magazine


Happy Thanksgiving Day Greetings to each of you my dearly beloved brothers and sisters on the precious day Gad has made. Psalm 95:1-2 states, “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him; bless His name!”


Thanksgiving Praise (Epulaeryu Poetry)

O’ bless this Thanksgiving bird
With fine dressing words
From the ground it’s brown and round
Cut me a big mound
Cranberry sauce too
O’ Lord thank


Epulaeryu Poem: is about succulent dishes. It consists of seven lines with thirty-three syllables. The first line has seven syllables, the second five, third seven, fourth five, fifth five, sixth three, and the seventh has one syllable which ends with an exclamation mark, expressing delight about the meal. The sequence is: 7/5/7/5/5/3/1. Each line has one thought about the meal. The Epulaeryu poem was developed by Joseph S. Spence, Sr. (Me) on 12/20/2006. The name was selected after touring the Mediterranean, far East regions, America, and other places, while enjoying succulent and nourishing meals during those memorable travels. The Epulaeryu poetry forms and styles are loved dearly my many poets around the world and have being used in a variety of poetic competitions. Source: Spence, Sr., Joseph S. “Section Five: Interlude Succulent Epulaeryu Poetry.” The Awakened One Poetics, Volume 2, 116–26. Allahabad, India: Rochak Publishing 2010.


Tender Thanksgiving Turkey (Double Reversed Epulaeryu)

Thanksgiving turkey dinner
Nice tender tasting
Dressing aroma rising
Temperature now low
Legs, breast, and thighs glazed
Time to feast
Tender taste
Fine cranberry sauce
Well-seasoned gravy
Savor Thanksgiving eating
Cornish Hen—No way!
Turkey on my plate—Won’t stay!


The Double Reverse Epulaeryu Poem has two epulaeryu poems with the second one written in the reverse format. The form and styles are the same. Source: Spence, Sr., Joseph S. “Section Five: Interlude Succulent Epulaeryu Poetry.” The Awakened One Poetics, Volume 2, 116–26. Allahabad, India: Rochak Publishing 2010.


Autumn Season (Acrostic)

Autumn brings a beautiful season of splendor each year
Unusual beauty of the leaves—their grandeur is so fair
Touching hearts of God’s creation with radiance bright
Urging us on to enjoy such natural beauty and delight
Manifestation of what He has done for our great earth
Now God is showing how He molds us from our birth

Season of grace and Thanksgiving everyone gives thanks
Enjoy the season with baked turkey not barbecue franks
Alleluia to our great God on high His grace we embrace
Such love unto all humankind—His awesome smiling face
Oh, for His divine grace we lift praise to His Holy Name
Now bringing glory at Thanksgiving—His sweet acclaim!



Thank You Lord for This Great Treat!

Gobbling turkey is baking really nice
This is the season of Thanksgiving
Give me some cranberry and a slice.

This looks so delicious give me a taste
It smells very charming cut the waiting
Place a side of the breast on my plate.

Now bless this Thanksgiving sweet meat
Thank you, Lord, for this delicious treat!

Now I need some tasty pumpkin pie
The kind with the crispy baked edges
So soft and sweet, I will die begging.

Pour me a glass of red drinking wine
The kind that goes well while I dine
Now before I sit in paradise and shine.

Now bless this Thanksgiving sweet meat
Thank you, Lord, for this delicious treat!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. May your day be merry and bright. Your stuffing should be alright, and the bird full of delight!



Joseph S. Spence, Sr


Biography of Joseph S. Spence, Sr.
Joseph S. Spence, Sr., has authored seven poetry books, and invented the “Epulaeryu Poetry, Linking Pin Sonnet, and Seventh Heaven,” poetic forms. His writings have appeared globally in forums such as: journals, anthologies, magazines, ezines, the U. S. Army, newspapers, et al. He retired from the U.S. Army as an officer, and was given the name “Apollo,” the Greek mythical god of poetry and music, by his military comrades for appreciation of his poems. He has taught at Bryant and Stratton University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, the American Baptist College, Wisconsin, and is a Goodwill Ambassador for Arkansas, USA. He has electrified audience around the world with his inspirational poetic words, and has received many poetry awards including: Noble Star for Literature 12/2018, Living Legend of the 21st Century 5/2019, International Peace Award 7/2019 (India); Literary Gold Badge 5/2109 and Ambassador De Literature 6/2109 (Oman); Gold Medal of Honor 5/2109 (Nigeria), Poetry Ambassador Medal, Independent Poet Laureate, Who’s Who in Poetry, Numerous Editor’s Choice Awards (USA); and Poetry Bard (UK). He is a professional book reviewer who has reviewed and posted over 50-book reviews in various mediums. He has membership in various global scholastic honor societies, served as poet-in-residence for Saint Andrews Scottish Society, and is a member of the Scottish poetry bard, Robert Burns Club, Milwaukee. He is the chief advisor to the founder, Shiju H. Pallithazheth, of the largest worldwide poetry forum, “Motivational Strips,” which is dedicated to uplifting humanity with inspirational poetic words. His poems have been published in the following languages: Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Jamiekan Patwa/Patois, Scottish Gaelic, Nigerian Yoruba, Bengali, Assam, and Hindi. He studied English Literature, Creative Writing, Africology, and Poetry at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, loves historical poems based on his worldwide travels, and resides in



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