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When under Knife (Tom, the Turkey)
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By Louis Gander
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When Under Knife (Tom the turkey)

If Tom, the turkey, you had been -

what would you tell the Butcher when

he raised his knife Thanksgiving Day?

Well, listen to what 'Tom' would say:


"Remember children, love your mom.

Respect her as you did this 'tom'.

Oh, don't be selfish.  Don't be mean

and don't be giddy or obscene.


There's something I must let them do

and some day you may need to too.

You'll know, one day, what it's about

but do not fear and do not pout.


We sacrifice for those we love

as Jesus did once up above

when He was hung upon that tree

for people all around you see.


So do not think about yourselves.

Protect those eggs there on the shelves.

And live a life that God can bless,

a life of love and faithfulness."


At that, the butcher raised his knife

and ended then, a fulfilled life

that blessed the hungry, cold and weak.

When under knife, how would you speak?


©2014 louis gander

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Submitted: Monday, November 17, 2014

Last Updated: Monday, November 17, 2014

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Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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