Poems of the Week

Life Among the Turkeys

by Bruce Bennett

“From California to Minnesota to Massachusetts, turkeys have
taken a liking to university life, leading to social media stardom
and crosswalk confrontations.”
The New York Times

Turkey, turkey, on the lawn,
Tell me please what’s going on.
Please don’t stand there. Let me pass.
I’m already late for class.

Turkey, turkey, in the Quad,
Surely there is something odd
In the way you make me fear
I’m the one who shouldn’t be here.

Faced with your assertive pride,
I’m the one who steps aside.
I’m the one who wonders what
Powers your determined strut.

Turkey, tell me I am wrong.
Teach me I too can belong
With the brightest and the best.
Turkey, help me pass this test!