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The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

You have to take the legs and hold them open
Careful not to separate the legs too wide
Make sure there’s nothing blocking the entrance
Then get your stuffing and stick it inside.

Make sure the oven has been warmed up a while
You want to make sure this is done just oh so right
Take the legs again and tie them together.
Yeah, that’s it, don’t worry, it can’t be too tight.

You want to butter the skin to retain the moisture
Never do you want it to burn and just dry
Carefully season with all you have to offer
Stick it…in the oven and let out a sigh.

Now, the time that it takes is oh so important
You never want to rush and leave it not yet done
Carefully watch and occasionally baste it
Savor the juices! Just let them run!

Be ever so careful when it has finally finished
You’ll want to take it out and let it sit for a spell
Cover it up though, with a nice wet warm towel
Take it slow, you’ll eat and know it was done so well!

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  1. Date: 11/18/2008 9:59:00 AM
    Just rereading this and laughing. You are quite funny, you naughty one! Love this still. Love your friend, Christie

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 12:51:00 PM
    Sounds yummy to me. Are you inviting for Thanksgiving? Ha! Ha! Just kidding. I enjoyed this poem. Thank you for sharing it. Karen

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 9:36:00 AM
    Tasty , Michael , very tasty .... My Grandad tried something similar , but he used Whiskey stuffing , basted it in Guinness , added Poiteen, then poured Baileys over the cooking bird .... The turkey tasted crap , but the gravy...WOW !!!! ... Enjoy your Thanksgiving , my poetic friend ......

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 7:17:00 AM
    So why am I sitting here alone blushing ...I'll think of you this year when I'm fixing my turkey..maybe my family will notice I'm blushing. Loved it! BG

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 7:02:00 AM
    O.K. You naughty man! or am I just a naughty girl? LOL Maybe I just need to get a turkey and find out for myself. HAHA. Great one, Micheal. I am still laughing, (at me, or at this?) Cute, cute, cute. Love, your friend, (a bit naughty minded) Christie P.S. It sounds like a perfect way to spend Thanksgiving to me. LOL

  1. Date: 11/7/2008 6:57:00 AM
    UUUMMMMmm can't wait for that sneaky little taste in the kitchen, before the rest of the crowd digs in!...and hey! I'm impressed!!!....Not sure my husband would know all that! He'd probably unwrap it, stick in in a pan, throw it in the oven, and go watch football!! Good for you, Michael!! :) Carrie