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    Philosophy of a Big Bird

    A magnificent turkey crossing the lawn, observing squirrels
    Dance and listening to birds sing,
    Wonders about his ominous future.
    Envying the carefree birds flying around him, contemplating
    The alarming and scary destiny awaiting him and his kin,
    He allows his deepest fears to take over:
    Why should I be stuffed then roasted and eaten up
    Until nothing is left of me but my carcass?
    Why should Thanksgiving celebrate my death?
    Why wouldn’t I be allowed to live so that I may enjoy
    The beauty of nature and the sun shining bright
    While watching my children and grandchildren grow
    And develop into adult turkeys, adding to the number
    Of a proud family! Why wouldn’t I, like a few lucky birds,
    Be granted pardon, so I could stop fearing an impending
    Death? Only vegetarians are not after my skin. In this
    Carnivorous world, it’s comforting to know that some
    Compassionate souls care for my safety and well-being!

    © Djehane Hassouna, 2006

    Rainbow of Emotions, page 65