On Crowing

Joan Miro  www.1paintings.com

Joan Miro   1paintings.com

What is it drives the rooster to crow
but the instinct of the poet to sing
a glad song to the rising of the sun
in tune with the lyrics of his heart

‘Don’t you love the sound of my voice!
Check out these wattles and this comb
My spurs will teach you how to mind

The hen up in her straw nest squawks
cackling away the labors of her day
Warms a chick that will never hatch
Bawk`bawk`bawk Bawk`Bawk`Bawk!

So it is that Chanticleer rules his roost
by commanding crow demanding claw
And Chaunticlette broods over her egg
Bawk`bawk`bawk Bawk`Bawk`Bawk!

And so we poets spin out our daily verse
to let the neighborhood know our labors
Bawk`bawk`bawk Bawk`Bawk`Bawk!

“Doing and then having done is having ruled and commanded
A world, a self, a poem, a heartbeat in the moonlight.” ~ John Hollander


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to On Crowing

  1. kiwiskan says:

    It’s a bit cold to go outside and shout it from the rooftop this morning…

    Liked by 1 person

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