What A Turkey!

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Beauty in Ugliness  (posted by Mish)

“Find the beauty in the ugly. Open yourself up to discover something not as noticeable at first glance. Refuse to be repulsed by what you see. Embrace the ugliness and transform it into something beautiful before your eyes. Then pen it into a poem.

You may want to express the contrasts of perspectives or you may simply focus on the beauty alone. To be clear, I am not asking you to find beauty in evil. There is no beauty to be found there. Explore the deformities of nature, the unsightliness of a cluttered mess, or the details of decay. Choose an image that you would normally not find attractive. In other words, if you can immediately find the prettiness in the warty toad, leave him for someone else’s muse. Challenge yourself in the discovery of beauty.”


His face is red
and white
in complicated
designs. A large beak
faces downward, supported
by proud red wattles. His
body, covered in rows
of green and orange shingle
shapes, completes the bird’s
full look. A turkey trots
to show off its beauteous
color, and regal carriage.
Large brown eyes take
everything in.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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9 Responses to What A Turkey!

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Those turkeys seem exceptionally ugly. But I’m sure they seem to themselves as beautiful.


  2. Mish says:

    Yes. He owns it!
    Love the detailed description of this stately fellow. 🙂


  3. rothpoetry says:

    That turkey head is about a grotesque as you can imagine. The hens don’t seem to mind. Maybe we could learn a lesson here!


  4. Grace says:

    A beautiful and regal creature, I say.


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