Echoes

August 2, 2013 

a post

suburban era

builder

trying to beat

the lingering

economic

malaise

is about

to market

an upscale

lifestyle

wood floor

granite and

stainless steel

appointed

home

designed

to meet

luxury standards

for expansive lawn

living

large enough

to accommodate

up to six residents

all female

chickens

the fowl lobby

has convinced

local government

to approve

the move

it was begun

thirty years ago

by good martha

of stewarts

publication

featuring

her rare breed

flock

with their pretty

pastel eggs

far more

glamorous

than the dreaded

clean hen house

duty assigned

farm boys

whew

of an earlier day

or the hard working

country woman

traveling a weekly

house to house

route

or the chicken

factory gulags

that followed

making welcome

this grow local

free range

fresh taste

alternative

spreading

among us

these evolved

offspring of

distant

dinosaurs

add a

dimension

to the

pecking order

defined

by us

featherless

bipeds

in daily

relationships

i do protest

the exclusion

of roosters

tough old birds

unite

revive those

historic

beatles lyrics

as our theme

we are the

eggmen

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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