My daughters have been house/dog/chicken sitting for the past week. It has been a fun experience for them overall, I think. They've had a chance to spend a few nights on their own, away from mom and dad, having to fend for themselves for food, and being responsible for the care of two dogs and a few dozen chickens!
All has gone well overall, except for the tragic, untimely death of one baby chick. My daughter wrote a poem about that experience and gave me permission to post it here on my blog for Poetry Friday.
Enjoy! And then head on over to Mainely Write for this week's Poetry Friday roundup.
Grave for a One-Week-Old Chick
With my hands I returned him to the soft earth,
a snug (if somewhat stifling) bed
of packed dirt,
topped with a twine-and-twig cross
and a bouquet of wildflowers.
I know it seems
but it was the least I could do
to make a decent grave.
a plastic bag is such an ugly thing,
meant for holding the refuse
of an unfinished meal,
not the delicate, still-warm remains
of a wee baby chick.
He was shrunken in death,
feathers on one side matted
from the inconsiderate bustlings
of his loud and pushy wash bin-mates.
They must have sensed his frailty,
and resigned him to his fate.
No mourning on their part,
or gnashing of beaks.
The realism of the natural world is cruel,
is an inconvenience with which,
only humans have been burdened.
(c) 2015 Samantha Gomez