Ode To A Turkey

Remembering the horrors of Black November

When I was a young turkey, new to the coop,
My big brother Mike took me out on the stoop;
Then he sat me down, and he spoke real slow,
And he told me there was something that I had to know.
His look and his tone I will always remember,
When he told me of the horrors of ‘Black November’...

“Come about August, now listen to me,
Each day you’ll get six meals instead of just three,
And soon you’ll be thick, where once you were thin,
And you’ll grow a big rubbery thing under your chin.

And then one morning, when you’re warm in your bed,
In’ll burst the farmer’s wife, and hack off your head;
Then she’ll pluck out all your feathers so you’re bald ’n pink,
And scoop out all your insides and leave ya lyin’ in the sink.”

Well, the rest of his words were too grim to repeat,
I sat on the stoop like a winged piece of meat;
And decided on the spot that to avoid being cooked,
I’d have to lay low and remain overlooked.

I began a new diet of nuts and granola,
High-roughage salads, juice and diet cola;
And as they ate pastries, chocolates and grapes,
I stayed in my room doing Jane Fonda tapes;

I maintained my weight of two pounds and a half,
And tried not to notice when the bigger birds laughed;
But ’twas I who was laughing, under my breath,
As they chomped and they chewed, ever closer to death;

And sure enough when Black November rolled around,
I was the last turkey left in the entire compound;
So now I’m a pet in the farmer’s wife’s lap;
I haven’t a worry, so I eat and I nap.

She held me today, while sewing and humming,
And smiled at me and said, “Christmas is coming!”



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Wine is bottled poetry. - Robert Louis Stevenson

Dancing is silent poetry. - Simonides

Reverse: Repeating poetry - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Love is the poetry of the senses. - Honore de Balzac

A poem begins with a lump in the throat. - Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. - Robert Frost

A poem is never finished, only abandoned. - Paul Valery

Eternity is two people and a roast turkey. - James Dent

Here he comes, swelling like a turkey-cock. - William Shakespeare

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. - Robert Frost

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. - Oscar Wilde

Pure mathematics is the poetry of logical ideas. - Albert Einstein

Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings. - W H Auden

If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. - Leonard Cohen

It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted. - George Eliot

Envy and greed starve on a healthy diet of thanksgiving. - Billy Graham

A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey. - Dolly Parton

Prose is a museum, where all the old weapons of poetry are kept. - T.E. Hulme

I was sleeping the other night, alone, thanks to the exterminator. - Emo Philips

We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for. - Unknown

Thanksgiving, to be truly Thanksgiving, is first thanks, then giving. - Jacob Braude

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. - Unknown

Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable. - W H Auden

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. - Robert Frost

Books of poetry by young writers are usually promissory notes that are never met. - Oscar Wilde

My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor. - Phyllis Diller

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved. - Christopher P. Rubero

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Thanks you for being a part of my life, whether you were a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. - Unknown

He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize. - Oscar Wilde

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. - W.T. Purkiser

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. - Harry Ironside

Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea. - John Updike

The greatest ideas, the most profound thoughts, and the most beautiful poetry are born from the womb of silence. - William A. Ward

I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition. - Paul Dirac

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Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. - I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. - Donald Trump

Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks -
I got the sun in the mornin'
And the moon at night. - Irving Berlin

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. - Albert Schweitzer


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