Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"HOPEFUL CHICKEN FARMER POEM"

[At times in her life, L.E. Leone has been a chicken farmer.  She usually is a hopeful person.  This clearly is a poem.  Hence, this title makes sense—enjoy!]

HOPEFUL CHICKEN FARMER POEM


So suddenly bugs
make sense to me and
lavendar
smells like lavendar – finally!
Who knew
that a dried up leaf
would sound like that
under a stray cat's paw? So
I planted
a blueberry bush next to
the blackberry bushes. Next
year, if the chickens
don't scratch it out, who knows?
Maybe a pie’s worth, and
if not, well … anyway,
a pie.

L.E. Leone
(2011)

8 comments:

  1. I really liked this poem. This is one of those pieces that subtly grabs hold and sticks in the back of your mind to emerge once in a while as a gentle treat when you need it most. A real smile-inducer!

    Kat

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  2. There is almost a chicken rhythm to it. The way a chicken's head moves in sharp bursts, pecking, pecking.

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  3. Hi Kat, Alan, Rene & Anthony

    Kat: Kind of like one of Dani's songs, which are also catchy--thanks!

    Alan: Ah, yes, the rhythm of the old time tune "Chicken Reel!"

    Rene: Right on! Loved your chicken farmer photo, too!

    Anthony: Thanks so much--so glad you liked L.E.'s poem. It is a good one!

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  4. She usually is a hopeful person.

    This comes across in L.E. Leone's poems.

    I love the dried up leaf under a stray cat's paw; great observation.

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  5. I'm still waiting for bugs to make sense to me. I enjoyed this.

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  6. Hi Caroline: I kind of understand bees & ladybugs, but there are many species I hardly understand at all. Recently I've been very confused by ants for instance. If L.E. has a break in her travels, perhaps she can explain them to us.

    Thanks!

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