Poems of the Week

Fowl Play

by Brian Allgar

“Lame duck pardons turkey”
The Guardian

“5 Federal Inmates Scheduled for Execution During Final Weeks of Trump Presidency”
Voice of America

Well, sure, I had to pardon that poor turkey;
“Thou shalt not kill.” That message always stuck.
Believe me, life’s a thing I’ve always valued.
So what if folks are calling me “lame duck”?

But though I value life, in certain cases
A pardon’s something that would really suck.
Before I leave, I’ve planned five executions—
Hey, since they’re humans, I don’t give a fuck!