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Turkey Chase

Turkey's on the table, both legs up
Everything was fine, 'til I made the first cut!

The turkey unleashed a "CACKLE!", then jumped onto the floor
All you could see was basted skin, bolting out the door!

"Catch that turkey!!", I screamed,..."That's our evening meal!!"
The neighborhood looked on in awe, while asking,..."What's the deal?!"

The turkey rounded the corner, boy, that sucker was quick
Dashing like a sprinter, pumpin' those massive drumsticks!

It darted down an alley, disturbed a hobo's nap
And there, seated in a corner, he jumped upon his lap!

"Thank you Lord!", the hobo cried..."Today I won't have to beg!"
"Maybe I'll start with a wing, or perhaps I'll have a leg!"

"Put the turkey down!!", I roared,..."That bird belongs to me!!"
All I could see was a tailwind, as the hobo decided to flee!

I chased him down the alley, perhaps a quarter mile
Acting a fool in public, was never quite my style!

We dashed across the freeway, dodging every car
All I want is my turkey, can't stop, I've come too far!

The chase led to a corner, right past a city cop
He stood there like a scarecrow, talk about a useless flop!

Suddenly, it ended, the bum tripped over his laces
He broke his leg quite viciously, in fact, several places!

I woke up the next morning, thank God it was just a dream
With a hangover and an achin' skull, "OUCH!!" is what I screamed!

I looked over at the table, what do you think I'd see?
That same ol' basted turkey, lying there peacefully!

I stumbled to the table, laid that bird in a box
Packed two sides with a bisquit, then staggered on down the block!

I came upon that alley, peeked behind a garbage can
And there, sleeping like a baby, was a ragged ol' homeless man!

I placed the box beside him, never did I say a word
I penned a note which kindly read,..."Hope you like the bird." 


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  1. Date: 8/11/2013 10:33:00 AM
    - Congratulations on having your poem featured on the homepage "Featured Poem of the Week" - Have a nice day,Milton. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/11/2013 6:48:00 AM
    Hello Milton, , '''CONGRATULATIONS''' On your featured poem of the week... Have yourself a nice and beautiful Sunday... -XOX- Love Linda

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 6:13:00 PM
    This is definitely a classic!! Love it

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 11:43:00 AM
    so glad I read this Milt its fantastic congrats on being featured shadow smiles

  1. Date: 9/11/2010 3:51:00 AM
    Reread this one today and enjoyed it as much as the first time that I read it..Sara

  1. Date: 9/23/2009 8:34:00 AM
    Milton, your poetry turns my gray sky blue. Thank you for sharing your humorous yet serious poetry with us. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 9:39:00 PM
    I love this poem. Sitting here reading through the poems tonight before going to bed. This one made my day. Now I can relax and sleep. Thank you Milton... Marty

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 9:13:00 PM
    i may not be a good poet. but i do know good poetry when i see it.

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 3:40:00 PM
    What a touching and delightful poem! Wonderful writing! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 9/22/2009 3:00:00 PM
    Nicely humorous with the serious twist at the end that drew my attention to the situation of the homeless. Talent. Keep writing. Sara Goes in favs