Friends of the Blog: A Thanksgiving Poem

On this day of counting blessings, here is what I’m thankful for:

‘Tis you who read this blog and keep coming back for more!

While some may speak of all that’s wrong on ye olde internet,

Myself I’m full of gratitude to all the lovely folks I’ve met:

There’s good Pat Prescott, the historian and bard

who wrote of Optimus: Praetorian Guard.

There’s l33tminion, who always has good things to say

whenever he (or she) comes passing ‘round this way.

And Thingy, who’s prolific in prose and in rhyme—

I hope she brings back her blog real soon some time!

Eurobrat, with social commentaries dark and biting,

is as good as any satirist at strong, arresting writing.

Barb Knowles, who writes with wit and candor all

the time—must be descended from a very sharp Neanderthal!

Ben Trube, author of the thriller Surreality,

Who can both make fractals and write mystery.

Shannon Selin, one of the finest writers on

what might’ve been for old Napoleon.

And Natalie gets loads and loads of votes

for her great blogging work at boatsofoats.

Mark Paxson (or KingMidget, if I use his proper title)

has tips that any writer should consider vital.

Lydia Schoch, who writes on topics int’resting and various

that can be thought-provoking or hilarious.

Andrew Crowther is a lover of light verse, as I’m,

and I hope that he’ll forgive this rather awkward rhyme!

When it comes to G&S discussion, I’m always glad to have it,

and so I’m in debt to Charlee Hutton and Mike Pavitt.

My knowledge of the East Roman Empire isn’t e’en

a tenth of what Eileen Stephenson knows about the Byzantine.

Phillip McCollum (who is also known as beatbox32)

is writing fifty-two short stories—and really good ones, too!

And then to round it out, last but surely not the least–

ensuring good nutrition at this e-Thanksgiving feast:

is Dr. Carrie Rubin, keeping all our reading dishes full

with thrillers like The Seneca Scourge and Eating Bull.

And to all those many other readers who

I’ve left unlisted here—why, yes, that does refer to you!

My gratitude to all above for coming here,

both on this day of thanks, and all throughout the year!


    1. Thanks so much. Have a great Thanksgiving! I look forward to hearing about what kind of twitter-worthy hijinks your sons get into over the holiday. 🙂

  1. Berthold, this was so awesome and unexpected! I was wondering how you’d pull off rhyming McCollum, so good choice on using my pseudonym. 😉 It’s been wonderful getting to know you on these Interwebs. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I really hope it gets more people reading your stories–they are terrific. Happy Thanksgiving!

      P.S. Now that you mention it… I initially thought of doing something with “solemn” for the rhyme, but decided there was no logic or place for such a downer of a word. There was rhyme, but no reason, as it were.

  2. I always love your blog, but who doesn’t love being mentioned and with a link! Great poem, by the way. You have such talent in all genres and topics. Not to mention, of course, that you are one of my favorite bloggers <3
    Thank you for the shout out!

  3. Wow, thanks for the mention, cleverly written. Sorry to be out of touch, but this last year was a bitch. I’m about to write reviews on a writer whose books I’ve been reading that should interest you.

    1. Hi, Patrick! Great to hear from you. Hope you are well. I look forward to reading the reviews.

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