How to Cook a Turkey

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.

© Howard Feigenbaum 2016

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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. © Howard Feigenbaum 2016
I have been a writer for most of my life. Or, maybe I’ve been a storyteller. It’s hard to know for sure. In the fifth grade, a poem, my first published work, Ethan Allen and the Green Boys, appeared in the school newspaper.