This column is dedicated to one of the highest art forms in the sphere of human communication—Poetry. Nothing is nobler than the expression of human emotion. All poetry is perfect, no matter what the format or the background of the poet. A voice is a voice. With poetry, you get more than words. You get rhythm, you get sound, you get silence, you get mood—you get emotion. What more can you ask? This column is also dedicated to all the people who have ever lived, those here now, and those yet to come. God bless the poets among you. They carry the soul of the world.

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How to Cook a Turkey

What’s the secret for cooking a tender and tasty turkey? Silliness. Although a fresh bird, seasoning and olive oil help. This recipe is a great one to give out when someone enjoys the bird.

Go to the butcher

Select a bird fresh, not frozen

Carry it home while whistling a merry tune

Unwrap the bird and place it on the kitchen counter

Now, singing a merry tune,

Rub the bird with salt and garlic

And ask, “How ya doin’ there?”

Then answer the question with, “You are lookin’ just fine.”

Massage the bird gently for ten minutes with olive oil

While whispering softly, “Relax, relax, relax.”

Heat the oven to three hundred fifty degrees

While continuing to rub the turkey as you might like for yourself

Now lift the bird and place it in a roasting pan

With a happy lilt in your voice, bend over close to the bird

And say, “You’re taking a trip to Florida.”

Slip the baking pan into the oven

When the bird is brown and done,

Remove it from the heat

You will have the most tender and tasty turkey

You have ever eaten.

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