A Cornucopia Haiku

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For Thanksgiving this year I will be teaching my girls about cornucopias. In my research I have learned a lot. I was expecting these to tie into the American Thanksgiving story, but their origin is much older than that. I discovered they are explained in a Greek mythology depicting baby Zeus accidentally breaking off his nursemaid’s (a goat goddess) horn, which in turn poured forth bounty eternally. I found that many historical paintings and statues depict Greek gods or powerful figures holding cornucopias as a sign of plenty. In fact the word cornucopia means “horn of plenty” in Latin.

Even though I intend to give my girls the full truth behind these horns, which have been Americanized into weaved wicker and false fruit decor. I wanted to highlight our faith in the Lord our King and Creator above all. So in a creative moment on this Saturday afternoon a haiku was born. I wrote the following to highlight where true bounty comes from. It’s simple, it’s fun, and I think just right for my second grader and kindergartener.

A Cornucopia Haiku

By: Christina K. Cappon  2013

  There is a large horn,

spilling great bounty for all

who have sincere need.

There are red apples,

quenching thirst with life giving

juice buried inside.

There are green pears,

sitting in misshapen squats,

with freckles abroad.

There are orange pumpkins,

who’s stems droop falling asleep,

dressed in lumps and bumps.

There are purple grapes,

small all huddled together

like sweet family.

There are yellow corn,

peeping out of hairy husks

ready to be seen.

There are brown walnuts,

with stubborn shells to be cracked

for reward inside.

There is a large horn,

spilling great bounty for all

who have sincere need

God holds this large horn,

as a ready offering

for all His children.

It is the Lord God

who holds all bounty in hand

as creator king.

His love pours freely

and His promised provision

for those who fear Him.

Reach forth to take hold

of God’s blessing and goodness

his bounty for all.

Receive your good choice,

apple, pumpkin, pear, or corn

grape and walnut too.

Give thanks to the Lord,

creator and provider

for your sincere need.

 I intend to tie this little lesson in with a Thanksgiving placemat craft. You will have to watch my blog to see how I tie that in and how they work out!

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