15 Days of Gratitude: Poems of Thanksgiving
Poems of gratitude have a worldwide tradition. They appear in many cultures and are sometimes called praise poems. They express thankfulness, show appreciation, and pay homage.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we asked you to share a poem of gratitude. The intent of the poetry writing activity was to be cathartic in nature, offering a fun, creative writing exercise for families or individuals to take part in, during the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Here are a few poems that were submitted. We hope this was a relaxing time for you and your family.
National Poetry Month Poems
For National Poetry Month, we made a call to the city—send us your Tampa poems! And did we get some great submissions! Whether you call it the Big Guava, T-Town or Champa, you showed some love for this place we call home. Your poems celebrated pirates, Bucs and Rays. The Riverwalk and downtown. Old brick streets, the longest sidewalk and the bay. Poems arrived as love letters and keen observations, as history lessons and architectural celebrations. Some of you paid homage to our past. Some of you praised our city’s natural beauty. With over 60 submissions of poems and songs from adults and school children, we decided we couldn’t declare just one winner. After a lot of deliberation, we have selected our top poems.