Hail to the Pumpkin!

Pumpkins galore ! You’ll find them here.
Now that it is the time of year
When we need cheering-up and fun,
Pumpkins remind us of the sun.

October ends in Hallowe’en
When myriad Pumpkins may be seen.
Remove their pulp and you provide
Room for a candle lit inside.

Meanwhile, their front’s the perfect place
In which to carve a funny face.
So any Pumpkin you can all turn
Into a grinning Jack-o’-Lantern,

Which in your window those who see it
Will undoubtedly agree it
Though slightly scary is still Art
And means you’re really kind at heart.

But don’t forget the Pumpkin’s good
For entertainment AND for food :
Its pulp you’ve scooped out and put by
Will make a scrumptious Pumpkin Pie ;

Its seeds, as healthy as they’re crunchy,
Are oh so gloriously munchy ;
Its oil, its rind are useful, too,
For flavouring your soup or stew.

And should you celebrate Thanksgiving
To show your gratitude for living,
Recall these verses (none are prettier)
Written by John Greenleaf Whittier :-

“Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest;

What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye,
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?”

Robert Ilson
Poet Laureate