Saturday, 17 December 2011

Say, 'Yo! Turkey, I'm on your side!'

'Talking Turkeys'

by Benjamin Zephaniah

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas

Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun

Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked

An every turkey has a Mum.

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,

Don't eat it, keep it alive,

It could be yu mate, an not on your plate

Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.

I got lots of friends who are turkeys

An all of dem fear christmas time,

Dey wanna enjoy it, dey say humans destroyed it

An humans are out of dere mind.

Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys

Dey all hav a right to a life,

Not to be caged up an genetically made up

By any farmer an his wife.

Turkeys just wanna play reggae

Turkeys just wanna hip-hop

Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying,

'I cannot wait for de chop',

Turkeys like getting presents,

dey wanna watch christmas TV,

Turkeys hav brains an turkeys feel pain

In many ways like yu an me.

I once knew a turkey called...Turkey

He said "Benji explain to me please,

Who put de turkey in christmas

An what happens to christmas trees?",

I said "I am not too sure turkey

But it's nothing to do wid Christ Mass

Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be

An business men mek loadsa cash'.

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas

Invite dem indoors fe sum greens

Let dem eat cake an let dem partake

In a plate of organic grown beans,

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas

An spare dem de cut of de knife,

Join Turkeys United

an dey'll be delighted

An you will make new friends for life.

I use this poem during a lesson, last night and thought I'd share it with you!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I is a turkey and have been most of my life

Despite dis Sal has looked after me pretty good for de las' 18 years or so an' I don't know who else would a done this


It ain't no kinda record do, cos dat's a black flat round disc wi' a hole in it, innit do bro?

Anyways got to stop dis now cos it hurts me beak well proper when I talks like dis, I mean like this. (maybe that's why turkeys' beaks are bent like that)

Happy Christmas