April is a great month…

For many reasons, Chickens…among them…April is National Poetry Month. I know what you’re thinking…SHAH! POETRY! PUH-LEEZE & NO THANK YOU!

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Who cares about poetry??? There is plenty of real stuff in the world I can’t understand…termites, homework, transmissions, interest rates and …

Alas…this is why we need poetry Chickens…it reminds us that the human endeavor is, ultimately, a great mystery.

So, with you, I’d like to share the following Mary Oliver poem…one apt for us Chickens…as we travel this Northern road.

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Nat'l Poetry Month

Holler Back Ya'll

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