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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicken Talk

copyright 2016 mixed media, Joy Acey

Hen and rooster here.
Chick, chick there.
Chickens are everywhere.
Bawk, bawk.
This is how
The chickens talk.

Sometimes you just have to let a poem be what it wants to be.  I tried very hard in the version below to write a free verse poem and it just wouldn't come together.  Maybe it was because I didn't have anything profound to say about chickens.  But, I thought you'd like to see the stuff I normally throw away so I can start again.

Chickens by the front door
pecking at the plants.
Chickens in the backyard
scratching in the dirt.
Chickens in the sideyard
searching for small grubs.
Chickens by the mailbox
fluffing in a dirt bath.
Everywhere I walk
I can hear
the chickens squawk.

  And since I know this now wants to be a rhyming poem, I'm just going to play with it some more.  Poor chickens.  For your poetry challenge today, I'm going to ask you to write something you think you'll want to throw away.  And then if you have time, rescue your poem.  Oh, I'm already thinking about an ocean poem where I'll have to toss a buoy. Have fun.
  I hope you have a happy Mardi Gras.
 I'm a happy girl today since I found time to play with my water colors again. Yahoo.  What art materials do you like to play with?

Light tomorrow with today.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning


  1. Joy,
    I have a riddle for you about your chickens pictured here.
    Question: Why do these chickens talk so much?
    Answer: They have newsworthy things to say!

    1. I really like text in art, I guess it is because I'm snoopy. I love reading between the lines, trying to find extra meaning.
      I like your riddle. Yes, the chickens are bringing the news.

  2. Joy, I hope you liked my riddle. Now I'd like to know, how did you create the chicken and rooster shown here? Were they painted on newsprint and then cut out and added? Is this newsprint or text from a book? I hope you'll share your answers here! Readers would like to know.

    1. Yes, Linda, this is newsprint. I enjoy recycling newspapers. Actually, there is a machine that cuts these things from a die cut. My sister has it and I asked her to make me some on newsprint. Then I paint over the newsprint adding details. I've used them before. I think my wolf on the moonrise poem I posted a couple of years ago used one. With moving and getting organized, I've come across all sorts of art materials I haven't used in years.
      BTW, I'd have a real hard time defacing a book to re-purpose the pages. I was born in the era when we were told not to mark in books.

    2. Thanks for telling me your technique. A fun one for sure. I may search for the moonrise poem to take another peek.

      I'm glad you enjoyed my riddle too.