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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
December 1, 2019


News Item:  Following White House tradition a turkey named Butter was pardoned by
President Trump.  Although not chosen by the President, a companion turkey called
Bread will join Butter to live out their days in retirement.

My, that was a close one!

I thought you were done for, Butter.

So did I, Bread.  I mean when a giant orange presence looms over you and a hand is
raised ...

Oh my God!  Say no more.

I have to admit ... when that hand descended everything went loose and I, I ...

I know I saw it.  You left a large gift for the President.

I couldn't help it but he didn't seem to mind at all, Bread.  Savoir faire?

Or, he's just used to it.  I of course thought it was my turn, Butter.  I thought you'd
been rejected and I was the back-up.  Hell, I was scared, so scared I let out a loud
one though I tried to cover it up with a gobble, gobble.

I think we did it though ... with my full deposit, no return and your contribution to
greenhouse gases Bread, it was enough.

Yeah, that guy is a germ phobe ... couldn't stand our barnyard manners.

Yes, lucky for us Bread but not for many others ...

What a shame!  That's life's lottery, Butter -- winners and losers but what a cost to
losing ...

Yep!  Humans can never understand the kind of exciting lives we lead ...