Tom-Wild the Turkey

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Tom-Wild
never smiles
looks both left and right

brown tweed
red-kneed
always seems ready to fight

until scared
wings flared
he becomes an earth-tone kite

colors shown
fear known
he flees to roof-top height.

Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham

Tom Turkey with two feathers flying free

Notes:

Happy Poetry Friday! Thanks to Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference for hosting. I set this up to post automatically, because my kids are home for the week, but I hope to get around to see you all soon.

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My kids helped me take these pictures earlier this week. We were fascinated to see the turkeys are losing feathers, and not gracefully.

67 thoughts on “Tom-Wild the Turkey

  1. I love your poem, but I have to say, it was the picture of that tweedy gent with his soon-to-be-lost feathers sticking all this-way-and-that that made me smile. I think there’s another poem hidden in these pictures! How embarrassing to be so handsome and yet so disheveled!

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  2. The toms are absolutely wacko this time of year — spring mating season. They are everywhere in our area and strutting around showing off their stuff in the middle of the road. CRAZY! I do love all their colors, though, and it’s amazing how they hide them at times. Great poem! Gobble Gobble!

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  3. Hi Brenda, hope you are feeling better soon! Those turkeys are really pretty in their own way. I can imagine that them falling toward you out of trees would be startling! I like that “earth-tone kite” image.

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  4. You’ve shown them so poetically, Brenda, that ‘tweed’ and “earth-tone kite” -perfect. I don’t see many, but have in the past, mostly in Missouri, love that you see them often. I saw that someone said you were ill, hope you’re better soon!

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    • LOL I can even reply to comments when I have a splitting headache, but do I do it well? Hm… I love these turkeys, too. They were right by my house! One time I walked my daughter to the bus stop, and turkeys came raining out of a big maple I was walking under. I thought I was being bombed for a few seconds. They are mighty big birds up close. LOL

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