Ode to a Turkey

Written for:  Poetic Asides PAD November 2020 Challenge - Day 22

"For today’s prompt, write a bird poem. You can make the title of your poem a specific type of bird and write from there. Or you can mention a bird (or several birds) in passing in your poem. Maybe poeticize the movements of a giant flock. Or take it in a completely different and creative direction."

Oh turkey
gobble, gobble
wobble, wobble.
I think we have
similar necks,
but on you–
devine.  I have
seen you as wild,
oh turkey.  You
point your beak,
and a vibrant palette
of pinions forms
behind you.  I have
seen you walk with
your poults following
in line.  You keep
your family together.
Oh turkey, you have
much prestige. A country
is named after you,
as is a bourbon.  But,
although I admire you, 
I also eat you.


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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