By Angie Georgeff

Thanksgiving will come early this year. Merchants are happy, even if turkeys are not. Since I like stuff – and stuffing – as well as the next girl, I am on the side of the merchants. Let Thanksgiving come just as soon as possible! By way of apology, I will wear my turkey socks and compose an ode to the noble bird if I can just think of enough words to rhyme with turkey.  Let’s see, going down the alphabet: Durkee, jerky, murky, perky, and quirky. I’d say that should be enough.

“The master of the woodland verge is hailed the noble turkey,

But I would rather cook that Tom with seasonings from Durkee.

Now roast him low and baste him slow so he won’t turn to jerky

And serve him up with vegetables and gravy brown and murky.

An apple crisp or pumpkin pie with whipped cream lofting perky

Tops off the feast that stars a bird both elegant and quirky.”

My grandfather George O’Dell liked to write poems. He lived in Arizona, so we didn’t see him often, but he never missed sending a birthday card with an original poem to each of his many grandchildren. His poems mean a lot to me, but frankly they’re not very good, so you can see where I get my talent. In fact, one of George’s surviving poems was written about having a poem rejected by the Johnson City Press-Chronicle.

If you would like to try your hand at praising whichever “bird” will grace your Thanksgiving table (even Tofurky), bring your poem down to the library by noon on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  We will post the poems and choose the one we like best. The winner will receive a $25. Food Lion gift card to help you buy the “roast beast” for your Christmas feast. Adults over the age of 18 are eligible to enter.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call the library at 743-6533.

Youth Events

The Thanksgiving celebration for our teens will take place Friday, Nov. 17. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be finished by 8 p.m.

Looking ahead, Story Time will be held as usual at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, but the Reading Buddies will not meet that afternoon. Reading Buddies will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.