Children's writer, and my dear friend, Andrea Murphy, is the teaching director at Hogarth Country Day School (preschool). On the 6th of November she posted a photo of her little students gazing out the front door of the school, enthralled by two beautiful Wyandotte chickens. She assumed their owner would notice they were missing and attempt to locate them. Two weeks later they were still hanging out at the school eating the last of bugs and seeds in the garden. No one had come forward to claim them, and so, with the help of students' parents, the two fowl were finally captured and taken off to a new home before winter snows arrived.
I asked Andrea to share her photos with me and I've written a tanka and a little ditty to go with them.
Photo © Andrea Murphy, used with permission. Tanka © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
the welcome mat still
at our door
despite the ever shifting
direction of country winds
Photo, © Andrea Murphy, used with permission. Poem, © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
How many borders
did Gallus gallus cross
before he was welcomed
Gallus gallus is accepted as the progenitor of today's domesticated chickens, Gallus gallus domesticus.
Mary Lee will be hosting the Round-Up this week at A Year of Reading. Be sure to stop by and have a day filled with poetry.