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dVerse — set — brooder

A hen on the nest | Govert Dircksz. Camphuysen | Oil Painting

burnished fluff
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
henkibble. squawk!
instant ejection,
propulsion, gobbling,
distracted, reveals
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

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