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Parable of the Turkeys
The Parable of the Turkeys
 
And in that day were three eggs laid in the bounteous barnyard.
And in their appointed day did the three turkeys burst forth from their eggs.

And behold the first turkey did looketh upon the bounteous barnyard and findeth fault with all that was within the yard.
For behold he did looketh upon the sun and claim that it was too hot,
And he findeth the shade of the maple tree that it was too cold,
And he tasteth of the water and exclaimed that it was too warm for his thirst,
And he partook of the seed, and beheld it was too dry so that he did no longer partake thereof.
And he did gaze upon his fellow turkeys with much hardness in his heart for they were too fat or too thin, too feathery or too balding, too gobbly or too silent,
And he did find fault with all things and all turkeys around him but did find no fault within,
And in his day of consumption, he did bring no pleasure to the farmer’s family, for they did find him lacking in much plumpness and taste, and he brought no joy within the bellies thereof.
 
And behold the second turkey did looketh upon the bounteous barnyard and findeth fault with all that was within the yard.
For behold he did looketh upon the sun and claimeth that beyond the yard, the sun shone forth with much greater brilliance,
And he gazeth upon the shade of the oak tree, which layeth outside the gate, that it was greater in
stature and bringeth forth much more shade,
And he listeneth to the babbling of the brook in the distance and dreameth of fulfillment afar,
And he smelleth the corn of the fields yet unpicked and did long for the sweet taste such that the seed before him seemed stale.
And he looketh upon the geese flying above and did feel himself as with those that fly so that he did not gobble with those close by,
And in his day of consumption, he did bring no pleasure to the farmer’s family, for they did find him lacking in much plumpness and taste, and he brought no joy within the bellies thereof.
 
And behold the third turkey did looketh upon the bounteous
barnyard and findeth goodness therein.
For behold he basketh in the warmth and brilliance of the sun when the days were clear and bright,
And he cooleth himself in the shade of the maple during the heat of the day,
And he drinketh of the fountain of water, which sprang forth from the hose,
And he partook abundantly of the seed that the good farmer placeth before him,
And he findeth happiness and joy among the turkeys about him for he looketh upon them with love and favor,

And in his day of consumption, he did bring great pleasure to the farmer and his family,
for they did find him rich in taste and full of plumpness,
and he brought forth joy to those who partook of his bounty. 
For he did meet the measure of his creation with much valiancy.
 
He who hath bellies let him eat….
 
© Karl Egbert 2001



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