Run Turkey Run! - A Thanksgiving Poem

Updated on November 21, 2017
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I have been writing poetry, fiction and short stories for many years and have completed a book of poems. I also enjoy comedy writing.

Turkey for Thanksgiving
Turkey for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day, an expression of gratitude

Where folks from all over celebrate the humbleness of Jesus in his multitude

A day when we share a meal with friends and family

When we recognize humbleness and humility

But as the saying goes, one's man meal is another birds death

For many decades the turkey has wept

When he remembers all the relatives plucked and ate

No other bird has faced the wrath of teeth like the Turkey on Thanksgiving

The disruption of this birds family is unforgiving

I advised the Turkey birds that they better have an escape plan

Else they will definitely be ending up in somebody's cooking pan.

So Run turkey Run! Don't let the Thanks-givers catch you

Else you will be presented glazed on a plate for them to chew

Run Turkey Run! No, don't hide in the butchers shop

Or else you will be headless, wingless with no drumsticks to hop

Go faster Turkey, can't you see the Thanks givers are gaining on you

Hop over that fence and hide in that hole if you want to live past two

The Turkey Escapes

The Turkey ran as fast as he could but the crowd was gaining ground

I had to help the poor bird somehow to make it past the Thanksgiving round

He hid in a hole and the bird eaters ran past fast

It was now up to me to disguise the Bird so he wouldn't be dinner or leftover breakfast

So I went out and bought this beautiful fake peacock tail

Pinned it on Mr. Turkey, now he looked like he would prevail

The crowd came dashing back as they knew he must have been hiding near

They looked in the dog house, behind the bushes and even behind the rocking chair

They saw what they believed to be a peacock from behind

And left leaving the Turkey hidden in plain sight

Thanksgiving day had past, but it was still a sad day in Turkey land

The graveyards were filled of bones of those digested without a proper funeral

From that day, the Turkeys vowed revenge on mankind

But years past and thing never changed, Thanksgiving had come, now it was turkey time

© 2017 Clive Williams


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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Blessings to you PS STraubie

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      Patricia Scott 

      17 months ago from sunny Florida

      cleverly doubt turkeys everywhere would thank you if they could

      Have a happy Thanksgiving Clive and try to put the ravages of the turkeys out of your head. Angels are headed to you and yours this evening ps

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      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Darn it Billy...Thought you were a non Turkey kind of Guy. Oh Well!

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      No Eric...Turkeys spend their life to be free birds. I am gonna start a movement #NoCookedTurkeys

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      Bill Holland 

      17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there are two turkeys which didn't run fast enough from us, one for tomorrow and one for Saturday. And I'm not going to feel guilty at all when I eat them. :) Happy Thanksgiving, Clive!

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      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. But I thought Turkeys spend their life just to be chosen as the sacrificial lamb. Oh well.

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      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Glad you liked it Thelma

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Frank Atanacio....The King as returned! Nice to hear from you bro

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Thanks whonunuwho

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      Clive Williams 

      17 months ago from Jamaica

      Coffeequeen, The Turkeys just cant get a break. Thanksgiving...Christmas...geez

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      Thelma Alberts 

      17 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Lovely poem! Poor turkey. They should start hiding now in the country of their safety;-)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      17 months ago from Shelton

      Its so nice to see you gobbling up words in a poetic tones!!!

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      17 months ago from United States

      Great poem Clive. Enjoyed it and was entertaining.Blessings at Thanksgiving.whonu

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      Louise Powles 

      17 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a great poem! Coming from the UK, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, but we do eat a lot of turkey at Christmas time!


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