Tom Turkey said, gobble, gobble
as he took a small wobble
towards the shiny fence
that cost more than a few pence.
A young child approached
sure the perimeter could be broached
at least by my finger
while I linger
thought the child.
The tall man said,
do not put your finger in the pen.
Tom Turkey is not like a hen
he’ll bite it before you can say when!
But, the small child did as he pleased
and without much ado or having to squeeze
he stuck his finger in with ease.
Sure enough, Tom was near
as he wobbled to the fence without fear
and bit the child’s finger with as much vengeance as a bear.
“Ow, I was bit,” the shocked young child yelled.
and before moving on, the smile on face of the tall man swelled!
I told you not to put your finger in the pen
But, as they stood, the child did it again.
The man turned with his son and walked away from the turkey,
soon, he gave some advice, and it was to not act like a jerky!
This poem recounts an event that happened over twenty years ago at a Fourth of July party we attended on the farm of a friend. Turkeys were behind some chain link fencing and a visible attraction to anyone in attendance, especially the children. Many of the children were left to run around, unattended, and the story poem recounts what happened to one! Ever since, we’ve been weary of the bite of the turkey!
Today is Poetry Friday! Thanks to Carol’s Corner for hosting the roundup today. Please visit her page to read more great poetry and a book review. I hope everyone in the Poetry Friday community had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I was grateful for many things but for also taking the day off from writing my blog.
Hahahahaha–this is hysterical! Thank you for the laugh! (Also, you linked to a November PF post from last year in the PF Roundup, so you might not have gotten many folks reading this post.)
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Hi Laura, I’m glad you enjoyed the poem! I did realize that I had mistakenly linked the wrong poem, although I’m not sure exactly how I did that. I did miss some readership because of it, however. Oh, well! My hope is that it will be enjoyed by those who see it! Thanks!
Oh my goodness… I would not want to experience the bite of the turkey. This is a funny poem, a cautionary tale
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Thank you, Jone!