Thanksgiving Bird

By Kenneth A O'Shaughnessy


Turkey Tree
Thanksgiving is here - you can tell by the Christmas decorations and music everywhere! The main Thanksgiving decoration, though, is the turkey. From the golden-brown skin on the table to the slender wishbone on the kitchen windowsill, we revel in the turkey, even if we don't care that much for eating it.

Although the turkey was not Benjamin Franklin's first nor his official recommendation for the symbol on the Great Seal (these were the rattlesnake and a scene of Moses and Pharaoh, respectively), he had this to say about the turkey:


"For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America... He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on."

Here's a little something you can sing to the tune of "O Christmas Tree" to help you get in the mood for both holidays at once:


Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,

How lovely are thy drumsticks!
Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
How lovely are thy drumsticks!
From crispy skin to bready heart
You make our Thanksgiving start!
Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
How lovely are thy drumsticks!

Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
You are the bird devoured!
For days you give us sandwiches
Until we let out our britches.
Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
You are the bird devoured!

Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
Your tryptophans will teach me
That fellowship and dried wishbone
Is how peace is best homegrown.
Thanksgiving bird, Thanksgiving bird,
Your tryptophans will teach me.




Kenneth A O'Shaughnessy is a freelance writer and poet living in the upstate of South Carolina with his wife and four children. To find his daily poetry entries, log onto: 


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