These poems are from a collection of seasonal poems written between 2003 and 2013. They were recorded in Las Vegas, released on a CD and have previously appeared in the Saipan Tribune. Happy Thanksgiving.
A Wild Turkey Quartet
Tom turkey asks please give me a chance
to eat, give me a chance to gobble like you
I’ll find some low bush cranberries
and some dropped apples on the ground
your control over my death is fine
just give me a chance to eat before I die.
The way that turkey flew
and gobbled as it ran
gave me a different view
and changed my hunting plan
it put into my head
a serious change of mood
so instead of cold and dead
I will not shoot the dude.
Tom turkey waits for carving
to be untrussed and dressed
moist and tender stays the turkey breast
turkey gravy with giblets
turkey stuffing with oysters and niblets.
Wishbone! wild turkey almost gone
as Thanksgiving must next day at dawn
tomorrow’s soup is turkey noodle
cranberry muffins a loaf of rye
hot corn bread and apple streusel
fresh whipped cream and apple pie.
Grace Before Wine
I am blessed to swallow grape fluids
every little drop in bottle or decanter
praising then this red or white enchanter
till blue in the face like drunken Druids
so great a sweetness flows into the breast
we must let sorrows and sadness pass
we are blessed with every single glass
every drop we drink of it is blessed.
Joey ‘Pepe Batbon’Connolly (Special to the Saipan Tribune)
Joey aka Pepe Batbon is a retired educator who taught in the CNMI, NOLA, and LVNV. He is a sonnet practitioner who enjoys stargazing.