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Poem - Hens Cocks and Bantyhens

Updated on April 28, 2012


...for the city types out there if you have never fed hens then the poem is not the same... often hens just walk about... (free range) or times they are in a little pen, thankfully the practice of keeping them in a factory environment is being phased out by law here in Europe. Anyway when you go to feed them with food scaps or meal they all run to join the fray and to an extent are like dogs, they'll stand there waiting. It is this 'audience' that is the genesis of the poem... :-)


Hens Cocks and Bantyhens

Hens cocks and bantyhens

lend me your ears.

Such an attentive audience.

Running in adulation

as soon as I appear,

feels like jesus or god or holy ghost.

Poet meal person = importance,

ego rising, puffing out …sound check;

impersonating the cock, mid morning,

jumping up on buildings,

crowing, my heart on my sleeve.

Juxtaposed in amongst the hens,

an undercover poet,

not laying nor performing,

a dead giveaway.

here is an example of how hens are followers...



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    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      sorry to hear that, I hope you are well now.. our philosophy is that we are not here for a long time but for a good time... I think it is the only way... to live in the moment... Take Care MrM ... Regards Drax...

    • MrMarmalade profile image


      9 years ago from Sydney

      Spent 10 weeeks in hospital from the highest to the lowest and after four operations and an out of the body exprience the very first to let go was pride and ego, to prevent yuou falling one more time.

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      9 years ago

      Tá mé go maith, freisin. Tá sé go deas thú a fheiceáil arís.

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      @ Xtasis... thank you for the nice comment...

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      @ Iðunn ta me go maith... !

    • XTASIS profile image


      9 years ago from The Beginning

      Original, as everything you write ! cheers !

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      9 years ago

      I always loved you best that way. Caidé mar tá tú?

    • Drax profile imageAUTHOR

      des donnelly 

      9 years ago from NYC....

      Hey Larry thanks, ego is as ego does ;-)

      Regards Drax

    • maven101 profile image


      9 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I guess for some any audience will do...out, out damn ego...

      Interesting poem of a phenomenon encouraged by some, coveted by others, and enjoyed by all...My world will not be complete until I have experienced this barnyard adulation...Thank you for sharing this...Larry


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