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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: Barred Plymouth Rock Band
By Beth LaBuff


Abutting an abandoned barn,
A crib devoid of corn,
With weathervane and cupola,
The rooftop, sagged and worn.

The corncrib was repurposed
By fowl society,
A chicken troupe, Barred Plymouth Rocks,
The white variety.

This granary was their concert hall
With only room to stand,
For nightly concerts were sold out for
For this uncommon band.

Bandleader of this feathered group,
This five-fowl poultry show,
A southern bird of Creole stock
Was dubbed Ole Chick’ Gumbo.

Ole Gumbo plucked the banjo strings,
On French horn — Cordon Bleu,
With Kiev on percussion,
And Lo Mein played kazoo.

The fifth fowl, in a wash tub,
He floundered on dry land.
Sans feathers, Chicken from the Sea,
His job—tuna the band.

White feathers ruffled as they crooned,
Laud for their chicken breed.
They danced till eggs were scrambled.
They sang for chicken feed.

Cordon Bleu stuck in his craw
His spare chapstick supply.
It came in handy, between songs,
When chicken-lips got dry.

And Kiev on percussion,
Brushed cymbals with his tail,
And when he had a solo,
Made chicken drumsticks flail.

Gumbo kept the songs up-beat,
His banjo on his knee.
He picked with pomp and circumstance,
His notes were extra crispy.

Misfortune struck one chicken,
A pox upon Lo Mein,
No longer able to kazoo,
He could not entertain.

The band was sympathetic,
In order to console,
They gave Lo Mein a paperback
“Beef Stew for Chicken’s Soul.”

Auditions held, to fill his spot,
A hog stood in their midst.
A rumor breathed to chicken ears,
“The pig’s a chauvinist.”

The hearsay disregarded,
The porcine was recruited.
The pig squealed, “I am white meat, too,
And for this group well-suited.”

Their chicken-band, Barred Plymouth Rocks
Would now sum-total three,
And pig, another white meat,
And one Chicken from the Sea.

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Verna Cole Mitchell 11/07/09
Pure delight! Word choice, images, jokes, puns, and a wild ride! So creative!
Barbara Lynn Culler11/07/09
This was so fun to read! I am very new to FW, but after reading the Forums, I have an idea of who this author is!
Emily Gibson11/09/09
Brilliant! What great fun this was!
Henry Clemmons11/11/09
A Smorgasbord of content, creativity and entertainment. Enjoyed it much.
Ruth Brown11/11/09
Ditto to all, I snickered all the way through.Keep it coming, Laughter is such good medicine.
Dee Yoder 11/11/09
You're simply the BEST at this kind of animal voice and characterization. Love the humor in this and I read it to Arlen, too. (: We love the dry chicken lips--what an image.
Melanie Kerr 11/12/09
"They danced till eggs were scrambled" - all the little touches of humour throughout the poem made it a pleasure to read. There were times, however, when you sacrificed the rythmn for the rhyme. Very creative though!
Marita Thelander 11/12/09
Nice, Beth, very nice. Am grinning...beef stew for chicken soul...haha. so much fun stuff packed in here. congrats on the EC. ;)
Yvonne Blake 11/12/09
CONGRATUALATIONS! This is so funny! I loved all the "chicken" words!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/12/09
So glad this is in EC.I love it. Congratulations.
Noel Mitaxa 11/14/09
Just between me-nu, I thought it was brilliant. "Pork Soup for Chicken Soul" - is that a new one from Vark Mictor Hansen?
Anyone with negative comments about this entry would surely need to be "barn again!"
Well done (or make that medium rare!)
Noel Mitaxa 11/14/09
Oops, make that "Beef Stew - for Chicken Soul." I'm sorry, my 'misteak!"
Diana Dart 11/18/09
ROFL. And then I pick myself up, read some more and roll again. This was a hoot! Love the characters you create. My favourite was "Beef Stew for Chicken's Soul." Too, too funny.
Helen Harris11/19/09
Wow, God have Blessed you in writing so many Wonderful Article I must read. I see so many Agree too.

And Thank you Beth for commenting on my article- The loss of Our Beloved Church Sister Evonne Bellamy.

God Bless
Susan Colpitts11/29/09
What a delightful, imaginative poem !
I kept laughing through the whole piece.
I am going to look for more of your talented articles.
Is LaBuff a descendant of Edward Lear? Thank God Beth is a female or we might have thought Lear did re-incarnate! A pretty conceptualization of a vivid immagination.
And if not a Lear, Beth must be next-of-kin to Rudyard Kipling. A pretty bunch of clowns!
Carol Penhorwood 12/15/09
Absolutely delightful! I'm like the rest...I have to have more of your writings!