Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas

nor sheep for the greater Eid –

if they knew what's in store they'd be out of the door

in a seasonal stampede.


But they stuff themselves for slaughter

until it’s too late to plead

that they would have concurred had their fate been deferred

by our calling off The Big Feed.


I suggest it would be much more moral

and a more justifiable deed

if we roasted instead (with a routine tear shed)

politicians. Or bankers. Agreed?



First published in Lighten Up Online, December 2016