"Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont

ODE TO TOMAS 

There once was a bird named Tomas
"Say 'Toh MAHS' " said his owner where his home was
He laid for years in a drawer
All potential, nothing more
As his owner sewed all other things gorgeous.

Tomas was a great fabric panel
A beautiful turkey, not a pig, not a camel
He needed only fine stitching
To transform to bewitching
And grace each year's holiday table. 

But wait!  Could it be?  Yes it is!  Turkey glee!
She's surveying his parts for assembly.
Beautiful threads she'll apply
Layers of batting so high
The plumpest of birds done so nimbly.

Gold and red, orange and brown
Every feather, all around
He's got goose pimples, he's so excited
Puffy, shiny and contoured, he'll be a hit, that's for sure
We'll call him "SIR" Tomas, as though he were knighted.

There, he's sewn inside out.  Now let's turn him about
To ready him for a fine stuffing.
What's this?  Where's his head?
It's in there, instead
Stuck in that batting you used, and the tufting.

Get the pliers!  Push!  Pull!
Poke and prod.  It won't budge.
Who'da thunk we could have such a muddle?
The gold stilleto?  It broke.  That's not much of a joke.
Wait!  I think I've got hold of his wattle.

Here's his head.  He's intact.
Needs repair though.  That's a fact.
But his beak, beyond mending, makes her grumble.
She was doing so well, then her confidence fell
This event surely will keep her humble.

"To the trash heap!," she says.
"No," the Bearded One counters.|
"Repair him and he'll pass inspection."
So Tomas joins the family, with his faulty assembly.
As the rest of us, with much imperfection.


Comments

Kris wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 8:54 PM

Very cute tribute. Thomas doesn't look half bad.

MNnancy wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 9:24 PM

Thomas is quite handsome!  I think the beak is repairable.

Did you write that poem yourself?

gini wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 9:31 PM

jo, great poem, tomas looks like a great addition to the family   gini

Nana wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 9:50 PM

Great poem....and Tomas is precious

Annette wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Tuesday, 21 September 2010, 10:22 PM

Very cute.  I can see the story of Thomas retold each Thanksgiving.

chocake2 wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Wednesday, 22 September 2010, 9:37 AM

I Love it! Can I copy that poem. My MiL  has had a  turkey from that same panel on our Thanksgiving table for years. He's been beaten and mauled by all of her grands over the years, so he's lost his shape, but no one cares.

Diane Morgan wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Thursday, 23 September 2010, 3:37 PM

Old Tom is cute. That cute be his white beard!

Patti wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Friday, 24 September 2010, 2:41 AM

Great poem, great turkey.  I once had a duck that lost part of her bill.  The vet school was in the process of creating a prosthetic bill, but she passed away before it could be placed.  You could probably add a little cap on the end just fine.  Great poem too.

Hannatine wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Friday, 24 September 2010, 3:28 PM

Beautiful!  Both poem and Turkey.

Hannatine wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Friday, 24 September 2010, 3:28 PM

Beautiful!  Both poem and Turkey.

BonnieMac wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Saturday, 25 September 2010, 8:43 PM

How clever to have a poem about that bird!   I enjoyed it!

Marie wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Saturday, 25 September 2010, 10:46 PM

That beak can be repaired!  all is not lost!!  Can Tomas come to the quilt retreat?  I would love to pet him in person!!

Eileen wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Sunday, 26 September 2010, 5:22 PM

Jo, you tell a great story though verse :-)  I'm sure Tomas doesn't mind his beak since he's now out in the open & not "stuffing" for a drawer!  He looks quite pleased with himself & you should be happy, too :-)

Marysewfun wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Saturday, 30 October 2010, 9:21 PM

Absolutely darling - - he can come to my house any time!  And the poem, itself, is a work of art.  Nicely done!

jeter wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Wednesday, 7 March 2012, 1:10 PM

Love the humor.  I am glad you adopted him as part of your family.  He makes me smile.

Anita Coutu wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Sunday, 15 April 2012, 12:37 PM

LOL Gives "stuffing the bird" a whole new meaning!

Irene wrote re: "Ode to Thomas " by Jo Belmont
on Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 4:04 PM

Thomas is wonderful and so is Ode to Thoms,

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