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My Life and Death
Edwin C. Ranck

I'm just a turkey gobbler,
But I've got a word to say
And I'd like to say it quickly
Before I pass away,
For I will get it in the neck
Upon Thanksgiving Day.

I cannot keep from thinking
Of poor Marie Antoinette,
She lost her head completely,
But this is what I'll get--
They'll knock the stuffin' out o' me
Without the least regret.

I've just a few days left now
Before I meet my fate,
For every turkey gets the axe,
The little and the great.
There never was a turkey born
Who didn't fill a plate.
Only three days left now,
Goodness, how time flies!
It brings a sadness to my heart
And teardrops to my eyes.
Does every turkey feel that way
Three days before he dies?
This is a very cruel world
(I'm talking sober facts),
For I was only raised to be
The victim of an axe--
The butt of all your silly jokes,
And all your funny cracks.
And when you sit down Thursday
How happy you will be,
Every person gathered there
Will eat enough for three.
I'll be the guest of honor
'Cause that dinner is on ME.

This poem is in the public domain.


Edwin Carty Ranck was born in 1879 in Lexington, Kentucky. His father was a writer and newspaper editor. After attending Harvard, Edwin followed in his father's footsteps and became a journalist, writing at one point for the New York Times.


Post New Comment:
Delightful. I love it!
Posted 11/27/2013 10:13 AM
Wilda Morris:
What fun! Thanks for sharing this.
Posted 11/25/2013 11:02 AM
Fun Poem. Glad we're having chicken.
Posted 11/25/2013 08:52 AM
Ross Kightly:
That's no chicken-hearted, goose-livered turkey! Rhyming like that all the way to the end of its life. Well done, Turkey!
Posted 11/25/2013 05:07 AM

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