Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Talking Turkeys!

Poem 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,
ÒI cannot wait for de chopÓ,
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 itÕs 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 yu will mek new friends 'FOR LIFE'.

Comments about Talking Turkeys! by Benjamin Zephaniah

  • my name (5/14/2020 9:19:00 AM)

    of corse every turkey has a mum you idiot(Report)Reply

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  • SARVIN Gunaseelan (1/29/2020 6:51:00 AM)

    Very, very touching...😢😥😭(Report)Reply

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  • SARVIN gunaselan (1/29/2020 6:23:00 AM)

    I am a great fan of him(Report)Reply

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  • SARVIN Gunaseelan (1/29/2020 6:17:00 AM)

    So Kind to birds....! ! ! He is so nice! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Fatima c (12/14/2019 3:08:00 PM)

    The part where you say genetically made up is good(Report)Reply

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  • Cristobal benjumea (12/7/2019 8:17:00 AM)

    Them turkeys will want to be chrismas trees or one lizard. Even a spider. Ill be eating shrimp(Report)Reply

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  • Banamala SenBanamala Sen (6/22/2019 10:21:00 AM)

    Wow! Such a lovely poem! I would want my grandchildren read it!(Report)Reply

    sylvia(12/13/2019 2:48:00 PM)

    i aggressions

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  • ymkhhdh (3/7/2019 5:40:00 AM)

    jkhfjkfmmghmghj, m, g, g, g, g yyu yugut g ugu yg uygyg yghihuy(Report)Reply

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  • collette (2/19/2019 2:18:00 PM)

    Loved the turkey poem.And yes they are good friends to have around.(Report)Reply

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  • salya (1/7/2019 7:27:00 AM)

    its wicked.
    he's a good poet(Report)Reply

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  • Someone (12/10/2018 5:10:00 AM)

    Dat turkey was delish(Report)Reply

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  • Camagu SomanaCamagu Somana (10/25/2018 7:16:00 AM)

    Turkeys just wanna play reggae
    Turkeys just wanna hip-hop........I love it.(Report)Reply

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  • Cairo (10/19/2018 1:53:00 PM)


    your name(5/14/2020 9:21:00 AM)

    what the heck are you saying

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  • Jiovani (10/19/2018 1:50:00 PM)

    I don't like it because it not funny☝boo(Report)Reply

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  • Laith (10/3/2018 3:02:00 PM)

    I like animals so I think you should be nice to your turkeys on Christmas and spare there lives.(Report)Reply

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  • Sunita Chandla (7/4/2018 10:08:00 PM)

    Sweet kindness(Report)Reply

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  • ice cream (5/2/2018 1:19:00 PM)

    I really like this poem it is the story of mind(Report)Reply

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  • UNSCinfinity (3/7/2018 1:23:00 PM)

    😎 I’m cyrus and I love the way the poems set out(Report)Reply

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  • Carnivore (1/23/2018 8:15:00 PM)

    What an idiot. Turkeys are just dumb birds with no ability to reason or cogitate in an abstract sense.(Report)Reply

    SARVIN(1/29/2020 6:29:00 AM)

    Yeah... You're right...

    Jojojo(5/2/2019 1:34:00 PM)

    Then we need to protect them, idiot

    give animals a human voice(2/4/2018 8:25:00 AM)

    Oh really? You know this, because you can talk the language of the Turkeys and after a real conversation you came to this result? Or are you just judging without knowing. Your just one of this type of human being, that sees humans as the crown of creation, unfortunately people like you ruin our planet. Have you ever thought about the fact, that the human race is the only race, that destroys its own habitat? Not that intelligent, is it?

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  • Diana Van Den BergDiana Van Den Berg (11/8/2015 5:35:00 AM)

    Benjamin, though I confess to eating meat (and although my explanation is that homo sapiens is an omnivore, I understand and respect and admire the views of vegetarians) , I absolutely LOVE your poem.

    I am animal-crazy in spite of not being a vegetarian. I have so often said that if only humans could rise to the level of civilisation of Vervet monkeys, what a wonderful world we would have.

    You put your point across so superbly (in all the poems of yours that I have read) in the most effective (in the strongest sense of the word) way. Wrapping up your point in humour, humanity, logic, and extremely clever, benevolent persuasive strategy is the way to do it. I read your biography in Poemhunter and am thrilled and in awe that you don’t bury your talents, but spread their blessings far and wide. Thank you for that.

    You had me sold as an avid reader and great admirer of your poetry after reading your first poem,5 poems ago in the early hours of this South African morning, and with each subsequent one. I am disappointed, however, that there are only 20 poems and I thus have only 15 more to read (as a first reading of them) .

    When I was 7 and my mother went on a 7 week cruise, I was farmed off to a great-aunt with a poultry farm. I was an extremely well-behaved, obedient child who always ate (and liked) whatever was put on my plate. However, I had met and had long conversations with all of the poultry on the farm, and politely refused to eat my friends, and was perfectly happy to eat only vegetables. However, my great-aunt took me to the butcher shop in the nearest village and bought chicken for me so that I didn’t have to eat only vegetables. She had some explaining to do to the butcher who knew that she had a poultry farm.

    You will be happy to know that it isn’t a tradition to eat turkey for Christmas dinner. We usually have a cold lunch because Christmas is in the middle of our summer, though I have to admit that we do have cold meats as part of it.

    Thank you for your glorious poetry. It is a breath of fresh air. I am uplifted by it for multiple reasons. 'Dis (truly) poetry'!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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