above cream and white
sets on fashioned straw
bright amber eyes
under textured soft red
tilt, watch, and wait
doughy hand curls
around, lifts, tosses
six oval promises —
promises that will soon be kept
I remember the few years we kept chickens. Several of the hens couldn’t care less when it came time to gather the eggs, but there were a few brooders, who were quite upset when we came to get them. I wonder if the characteristic of the human mood called brooding is based on unhappy non-human animals having their children stolen from them by humans and other predators? In my poem, I want this hen to have a happy ending, where her eggs are allowed to become baby chicks.
Merril is today’s host of dVerse. Merril says:
Set your poetic course and use the word set—or some form of the word–in our unique dVerse form, the quadrille. If you’re new to dVerse or the quadrille, it’s simply a poem of 44 words, excluding the title. It can be in any form, rhymed or unrhymed, metered, or unmetered. You can write a haibun quadrille, too. Just make certain your total wordcount is exactly 44 words. You MUST use the word “set” or some form of it in your poem.
graphic: “A Hen on the Nest,” by Govert Dircksz. Camphuysen