Buff-Orpington, russet-shaded feather-duster
with rat-a-tat beak and industrious claws
scratching up a dust-flak to teach her chicks
how to grub in the gravel for food.
She has a highly successful Survival I.Q.
Wings strutted far out n down, this fluffy queen
rustles her chicks into the feathery vault
under her stilt-legs and settles in dust
around her tiny peep-peepers. She knows the laws
of motherhood. She knows how to hollow down twigs
n straw to the dent of a nest for her brood.
She's fat, dumb n happy as Survival itself.
Graphic: T. Allen Lawson
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