A lot of children have asked me where I found the poem which I performed in Chapel last term. It seems it went down well. So here it is for your delectation at home. Enjoy.

You can see the great man himself, Benjamin Zephaniah, perform this poem on YouTube. It’s well worth a visit; he is one of the finest performance poets around.

Talking Turkeys

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas
Cos’ turkeys just wanna hav fun
Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked
An every turkey has a Mum.
Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don’t eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate, an not on your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I’m on your side.
I got lots of friends who are turkeys
An all of dem fear christmas time,
Dey wanna enjoy it, dey say humans destroyed it
An humans are out of dere mind,
Yeah, I got lots of friends who are turkeys
Dey all hav a right to a life,
Not to be caged up an genetically made up
By any farmer an his wife.

Turkeys just wanna play reggae
Turkeys just wanna hip-hop
Can yu imagine a nice young turkey saying,
‘I cannot wait for de chop’,
Turkeys like getting presents, dey wanna watch Christmas TV,
Turkeys hav brains an turkeys feel pain
In many ways like yu an me.

I once knew a turkey called…Turkey                                     
He said “Benji explain to me please,                                    
Who put de turkey in christmas                                 
An what happens to christmas trees?”,                    
I said “I am not too sure turkey                                   
But it’s nothing to do wid Christ Mass                      
Humans get greedy an waste more dan need be           
An business men mek loadsa cash’.                                     

Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas
Invite dem indoors fe sum greens
Let dem eat cake an let dem partake
   In a plate of organic grown beans,
Be nice to yu turkey dis christmas
An spare dem de cut of de knife,
Join Turkeys United an dey’ll be delighted
An yu will mek new friends ‘FOR LIFE’.