Baroness Browning is indisposed

upon her back covered in dust

she claws the unfamiliar air,

legs like sticks stuck out each side

the Baroness is in a mess. 


Her feathers are ruffled

she's slightly kerfuffled,

a bantam like her deserves some decorum

but lice are no respecter of chickens

and have to be removed. 


Her owner and daughter pat her with powder

that raises a minor cloud,

the Baroness is indisposed

her plumage veiled in dust,

she'll walk the walk

and squawk the squawk

once more as chickens must. 




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Stephen Gospage

Sun 1st Aug 2021 21:54

Got it, Ray. Thanks for the explanation. I'm sure the neighbours know what they're doing! Best wishes to the Baroness.

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Sun 1st Aug 2021 15:50

Thanks Stephen for chasing this up. I wanted to convey that next doors' neighbours were de- liceing a bantam chicken on its back with powder. It's name (?) was Baroness Browning believe it or not. I thought the name alone would make for a bit of bathos.
I hope that clears it up (not the lice) for you!


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Stephen Gospage

Sat 31st Jul 2021 17:02

Hi Ray. I enjoyed this but must confess to being slightly bewildered. However, I 'm prepared to go with it.

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Sat 31st Jul 2021 12:15

Fact is we don't always catch attention, but it's always a challenge trying! Thanks for the wordplay Leon....


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Leon Kamm

Fri 30th Jul 2021 19:23

Surprised to be the only liker!

I'm guessing this is based on fact but with a big dollop of poetic LICEnce (groan)

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Fri 30th Jul 2021 17:44

Thanks for looking in Leon!

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