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The turkeys have returned:
itís late September.
They stalk suburban streets and grassy yards,
high-stepping, iridescent, regal.

The squirrels, rats and bluejays know their caste,
they dodge and weave
to cheat a cruel tarmac landscape
of their daily bread; their scared pariah lives.

These turkeys bring to town the forest grandeur
of a wild, abundant summer.
They cross our roads with tourist unconcern,
exploit our awe, disdain our dangers.

How long before the urban sprawl
drives wolves and bears to join the rush-hour fray,
defying man and risking roadkill?
How long before these wild birds
forget their pride and melt into the ragged feral hordes,
caste and survival both assured,
(the battle won to lose the war)
seduced and conquered?



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The following comments are for "Wild turkeys"
by MobiusSoul

talking poultry..
Happy Fall..good to read you again..

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( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: October 3, 2010 )

Turkeys
I have heard in a whisper in the wind that they are all rallying to oust us from our homes - I hear "Our turn....Our turn" Great poem.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: October 5, 2010 )

turkeys
we pave paradise, put up a parking lot...

( Posted by: cmsmuse [Member] On: October 6, 2010 )

Thanks Bobby, Jpenny, cmsmuse
Thanks all for reading and leaving word. The sight of flocks of turkeys in the city somehow demands reflection and comment... whereas out in the country 'back home', the game birds are in context - and therefore easily ignored.

( Posted by: mobiussoul [Member] On: October 8, 2010 )

gobbling-up the space
I don't believe there were nearly as many wild turkeys in the U.S. thirty years ago. Indeed, I have seen them of late in my suburban area near Sacramento, crossing the street like lost dementia patients.

I think it is a combination of increased population and spread on the parts of both humans and the turkeys.

( Posted by: Flonigus [Member] On: October 27, 2010 )

Flonigus, talkin' turkeys
Thanks Flonigus. Nice subject line too :) I think you're right about the enforced cohabitation: neither species really chose it. (Last night, cycling home, I saw a kid with a laser pointer teasing a couple of turkeys out on the sidewalk. You've seen a pet cat chasing a laser-light? This was similar, but less graceful. I felt kinda bad for the poor bemused birds... but maybe must they learn to deal with such antics, if they want to live in town?)

( Posted by: mobiussoul [Member] On: October 27, 2010 )





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