Watching Chickens

Sitting in the chicken coop

Watching chickens' lives:

Some roosters strutting down the hay-strewn aisles,

Some with feathers ruffled, dashing after chicks;

Some burying their heads under preened wings.

Some laying barren eggs over and over,

each one empty & snatched away.

Some pecking the ground, frantic for abandoned seeds.

Some clucking and crowing at each other without end.

And all searching for just a taste of a cracked egg.

They wouldn't think of breaking one on purpose.