Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Ode To Tom

With Thanksgiving approaching, we all have the same thing on the brain-food, food, and more food. But do we ever stop to think about the sacrifices made by the one who subjects himself to being our main course? Do we ever pause and give a moment of silence to the one who rest upon our serving platters, the one who is stuffed, roasted, basted, and sliced, his scent filling the air? Do we ever stop to give a moment of thanks to the one who sacrifices his life so that we may all attain that inevitable restful afternoon nap after feasting upon his tasty flesh?

Yes, I am talking about Tom, our ever-present Thanksgiving guest who is brought in naked with only plastic to cover him, and leaves a carcass.
Today I would like to pay tribute to Tom for his never ending bravery and strong will, and yes, his will is strong, for he continues to come back to us each year, knowing the process will be repeated. He is a bird among birds!

Ode To Tom
He walks in beauty,
feathers shining in the sunlight,
wearing his red crown like a badge of courage.
His chest puffed, feet poised, legs set to walk through the fire,
his crow calling, I am ready for stuffing! Do your worst!
Roast me! I am here, ready for the coming seasoning!
Knives slicing, fingers picking at his insides,
his carcass interred in the evening light for felines to claim.
Though leg, breast, and thigh be lost,
his honor shall not.
And death shall have no dominion.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Suggested Reading

Book: The Gift
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The Book
Nathan Hurst hated Christmas. For the rest of the world it was a day of joy and celebration; for Nathan it was simply a reminder of the event that destroyed his childhood until a snowstorm, a canceled flight, and an unexpected meeting with a young mother and her very special son would show him that Christmas is indeed the season of miracles.

This was another tearjerker for me, a story that teaches anything is possible if you just believe.
The Gift can be purchased at your local bookstore or from

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Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Great blog! Ode to Tom, but I wonder if mine is a hen? Hummm. By the way I finished reading your book, The Journey. I wish all my Young Women would read it. It's very symbolic of this life and the temptations they face.

JoAnn Arnold said...

Enjoyed the poem "Ode to Tom." Enjoyed reading your blog, as well.