Poem of the Week

I’ve read this poem with a couple of groups this week. Everyone loved it, and I hope you do too. I don’t think you’ll hear anything funnier today than the lines ‘turkeys just wanna play reggae / turkeys just wanna hip-hop’. It’s brilliant if you read it aloud, so try reading it out to someone else in your office. It’ll make you laugh, whether you can do a Jamaican accent or not….



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’.

Benjamin Zephaniah



Filed under Christmas, Poem of the Week

4 responses to “Poem of the Week

  1. Adelle Hall

    I like this and i have to say i am dissapointed that i missed last weeks poem. Everyone here liked it ;o)
    Thank you and Merry Christmas

  2. Keely Guest

    Haha! This is brilliant 🙂
    I tried to do a Jamaican Accent – very poorly I might add!! – but it was still great.

    Merry Christmas, and a fantastic New Year to everyone 😀

  3. katie todd

    Thanks Ella

    I thought that was wonderful… Funny with a hidden meaning.

    Thanks for introducing me to “Benji”

  4. Louise Downing

    I feel I need to turn Veggie now poor Turkeys!! But I enjoyed this poem
    very good although I am Tinged with a little guilt that I will be tucking in to Turkey soon !

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