• lenten journal: march madness

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    march madness

    when I got to the tiny house
    I was greeted by Elsa and Lily
    they are backyard chickens

    whose tinier house is next to mine
    they did not invite me in but
    saw to it that I found my place

    this morning they were busy
    as I stepped out to greet my host
    who was giving the girls a snack

    Elsa and Llily lost interest and
    moved to things more interesting
    under the oak full of new leaves

    then they quit looking down
    and looked up into the tree and
    the branch a foot above them

    and they took turns jumping flat-
    footed—not flying—beaks up
    grabbing bit of green growth

    as one who has never had much
    of a vertical leap and who has
    probably sold chickens short on

    both intelligence and athleticism
    I stood corrected for jumping
    at unfounded fowl conclusions

    if a chicken can jump for breakfast
    maybe there is hope for us all
    I may start practicing my jump shot

    Peace,
    Milton

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    2 Responses to lenten journal: march madness

    1. Noralyn Carpenter
      March 29, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      you made me smile… also – so nice to see you earlier this week

    2. Judith Zaccaria
      March 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

      I’ve never before considered the athleticism of chickens. Thanks for giving us another amusing, gentle way of looking at the world.

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