That stupid chicken
That stupid chicken, a gift from the neighbour
her beady eyes staring, laughing as she jumped the fence
making her bid for freedom through the hedge and into the darkness
no net or blanket could catch this little bird
too quick for us, too stupid I say
a trap was set, successful, in she goes, amongst the other birds
not for long within minutes she jumps and flaps her way over the fence, again
she shows her little face waiting for a sprinkling of food
pecking and watching, pecking and watching in the garden
stupid bird, does she not realise a hungry fox will eat her up?
she watches through the fence admiring the bold colours of the cockerel
strutting his stuff in his domain calling to the stupid chicken
a gap in the fence so she can access the yard was made, hoping
hoping she will enter of her own free will, success
trapped in a corner her head through the mesh, cockerel pecking and screaming
looking furious, who asked you to enter my special area?
she is goaded and bullied and chased and stared at by a family of birds hating this new comer
she is patient, keeping her distance, peeping quietly, please be my friend
NO, we hate you, the hens cry, you make us look fat with your thin legs and slender beak
again her escape is made, alone in the garden,
but safe away from sharp claws and evil beaks
content, eating the grain thrown out in the morning
sharing space with the sparrows and robins
she has chosen her life, the human feeding her will be her friend
she is soft and gullible, no danger to me
stupid chicken? perhaps not
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