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Friday, December 3, 2010

Poem of the Week: Week 12

Alas, week twelve presents so many good poems, and I can only pick one! A difficult task. But there is one that makes it across the road. Why? It sheds some new light on an old question. E. Johnson shares a poem that is well written, and a delight to read. Even the title is a pun.

If you have not read it, enjoy "Chicanery," and then visit the blog:


Morning lay sleepily on
the corner of Ninth and Broad
the day it happened. Hardly
a soul was stirring, the streets
were mostly empty, showing off
faded stretches of pavement.

He waddled up to the curb,
looked both ways for any
flying cars or poultry trucks,
and calmly kept going like
an egg rolling off the counter
and onto the kitchen floor.

He didn’t need to ask anyone’s
permission, or cluck out his
position, or let the henhouse
know of his plans. He just wanted
to cross the street. And so
he took two little steps,

and two more, and two more,
and soon he reached the middle
of the road: but this time he
kept his henpecked wits about him,
looked both ways again, and kept
winging it over to The Other Side.

And then it happened: the lady
crossing the street clucked out a
scream and the cops finally noticed his
scrawny body and the grocery clerk
opening his shop for the day scrambled
into the street and snatched him up.

Poor little chicken.


Till next week,
Bill Cook (www.beginningpoetry.wordpress.com)


TALON said...

A perfect choice, Bill!

E. Johnson's poem is a delight!

Sumit Sarkar said...

I will definitely visit him :)

Anonymous said...

Great choice!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful choice,


E. Johnson said...

Aww thanks Bill! And thanks to all the wonderful souls who have visited and left kind comments on my blog! The encouragement is much appreciated!

annell said...

I liked it very much!

Jingle said...

awesome take,
Glad to see him shine.
his blog is refreshing and enjoyable to visit.

M.L. Gallagher said...

This is good!

Really good!

And fun too!

Myrna R. said...

What a cute poem. So nicely written. I'll have to visit his blog.

Fyodor Lewis said...

Very nice, funny witty and cute.
Good pick!

Heather said...

Excellent choice--very witty.

Rajlakshmi said...

wonderful pick :)

Anonymous said...

what a poem!


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