Hens & Chickens, poetry by Jordan Trethewey at Spillwords.com
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Hens & Chickens

Hens & Chickens

written by: Jordan Trethewey



Grandmother liked modest growth,
no show-off annual beauties,
encouraged perennial modesty
in the sand and gravel garden

beside the house and oil tank—
the natural arrangement
depended upon independence
bordering on neglect.

Hens are inconspicuous and rugged,
know the rooster will eventually fly
the coop to spread his seed,
leave a large brood in departure.

Be frugal, reserve intake of necessities.
Relish the baking sun and downpour.
Don’t ask for more than you are given.
No shame in being succulent

without the finery of fragrant flowers.
We reflect a harmony of robust symmetry.
Compact concentric patterns reveal
a repetitive hardiness — try and try,

return over and over again
until hooked rug ground cover complete.
Leave others to marvel at
painstaking patience required to plod

ahead until brilliance is revealed.
Asked how your wonder went unnoticed,
admit it required stealth and shadow —
that fertile gazes be directed elsewhere.

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey

Jordan Trethewey is a writer and editor living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is also a husband, father (to two kids, a black cat, and a Sheltie) and beer-league softball player. Some of his poetry, fiction and non-fiction inhabits publications such as Visual Verse, Fishbowl Press, Red Fez, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, Terror House Magazine, Califragile, Jerry Jazz Musician and Spillwords. Jordan is the current poet laureate for the city of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is an editor at Red Fez, and openartsforum. His latest book, Spirits for Sale, is available on Amazon. His poetry has also been translated in Vietnamese and Farsi. To see more of his work go to his WordPress site - Selected Works of Jordan Trethewey.
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