Friday, November 1, 2013

Us Chickens

This close to sunset
the farm goes quiet.
Fox is full from his feeding.
Farmer's gone to his wife.
We got the nest feathered.
Got some scratch on the ground.
Ain't nobody here but us chickens.
There ain't nobody else around.

It's just us chickens.
We laying long and slow.
There ain't nobody here but us chickens.
We alone till that cock crow.

This was written for Margaret's prompt at Real Toads and inspired by an extremely peaceful visual poem called "Tucking in the Chickens" by Maria Wulf.  How my mind got from there to here is a complete mystery to me.

22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how fun!! Hadn't heard that song in years!! Thanks as always for the giggles to start my day!! Have a good weekend -- aw, go ahead, have a GREAT weekend!!

Alice Audrey said...

This sure takes me back. My grandparents used to sing bits and pieces of this song now and then. Plus your line about scratch in the yard sounds like them.

Sam Edge said...

This poem move so effortlessly the rhythm in perfect and imagery dead on for the prompt.

TALON said...

Never try to tame your amazing mind, Mama Zen. This was awesome!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I LOVE this!!!! You have channeled Coal Black, a little.

Other Mary said...

What a great response to the prompt!

Susan said...

But but but ... nothing is ominous ... all is well ... we no longer mean "us nobodies" by talking about us chickens. I like it. (No huge factory farms for me!)

Margaret said...

...tomorrow may be a busy day, but you must have time for ONE swirl around the dance floor! Loved the video link!

The poem is so earthy - love the line "Farmer's gone to his wife".. This poem is a bit like a chicken's "Goodnight Moon".

G-Man said...

My kind of music!!

hedgewitch said...

Very visual--can't get the vid to play on this new machine everything is hinky--but I thought this sounded a bit like a child's farm song.

manicddaily said...

Wonderful sound to this. Thank you, MZ. k.

Hannah said...

Love the characterization here,MZ!! Fits well!!

humbird said...

Nice rhythm! Cool attitude!

grapeling said...

cool, MZ

my heart's love songs said...

i think you and Coal Black should record a duet or two, don't you? this is soooo cool! LOVE it!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is just perfect!

Lorraine said...

Well done, as always Mama Zen although I have sounds I seem to be unable to listen to any music on blog??? go figure

Sumana Roy said...

unique take on the prompt...lovely

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the where your mind took you...words and music work perfectly

Fireblossom said...

This is fun to read.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I love this!!!

Musical and factual. And hopefully that fox is full of something besides chicken!

Marian said...

love it, "we laying" & "we alone"