Friday, May 24, 2013

518 : Presenting...

The Little Wet Hen

In times way back when
There was a little wet hen
Who panicked over matters quite small.
For the littlest of things
She’d flap her wet wings
And cry that the sky would soon fall.

At first folk took heed 
Of the doom she decreed
But nothing was as bad as she said.
So, as time showed her liable
To be quite unreliable,
Few cared for the squawkings she spread.

This did nothing to reduce
The dire warnings she’d produce—
To stop now would mean losing of face.
So she continued her addiction
To calamitous predictions
But, for the record, the sky stayed in place.

© J Cosmo Newbery 2013

Some of you may recognise this chook,
The rest of you can consider yourself lucky.

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  1. Nice. Any red herrings here?

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    1. Interesting. Did you know the Little Red Hen story originated from Russia?

  3. AnonymousMay 24, 2013

    Ha ha - I know some people like this too.

  4. Sadly I am related to people like this. All is doom, gloom and calamity. Always. With no recognition of the 'lucky escapes' they and we have had.

  5. Hmmm...that's my nick name for our Prime Minister...Henny Penny, the Rhode Island Red!

    1. in the spirit of fair play and equal billing, should my next poem be about the Mad Monk?

    2. Mind you, his most common presentation and smile reminds me of a lizard at dinner time. Same care factor, too.

  6. AnonymousMay 25, 2013

    This poem was great. I loved it. Rhymes and meters and smoothing of lines to make the rhymes work - all the work is greatly appreciated - as well as the theme and your handling of the humor. Very, Very, very good.

    Just one thing I noticed, unless i'm wrong
    Third stanza, line four
    "So she continued here addiction" to
    "So she continued her addiction"

    Again, it's a wonderful piece. Bravo. Randy

  7. I love limericks and I love rhymes. Sometimes I just do rhymes constantly in my head especially when I am talking to the grandkids. Then they try to do them too and at the ages of 2 and 3 that is pretty good. I am hoping to instill in them a love of words and how they can have fun with them.

    As to predictions it is probably best to keep them to yourself because if they come true then people are afraid of you and if they don't then they just make fun of you. This does remind me of the story about the boy who called "wolf" and no one listened until it was too late and the wolf devoured them all. I have always loved nursery rhymes.

    Thanks for sharing a wonderful limerick for this weeks Theme Thursday. Hope you have a peaceful week where only good predictions come true.

    God bless.

    PS...I had to fix your link, hope it works now.

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  9. Sigh....chook bashing again I see!

    1. Battery hen. Hen battery. What's the difference?

  10. one of my favorite childhood easy to get caught up in anxiety and miss what is really true in the moment:-)

  11. AnonymousMay 26, 2013

    Awesome and very charmingly told.

  12. I had a chuckle over this while recalling some old cartoons depicting that precious hen. A fun read, nicely written. Have a great week.

  13. Well isn't this a nice tribute to that old children's tale. Very good.

  14. Clever take on the doomsayers, the naysayers, the wayfarers. Enjoyed the irony, kiddo!

  15. So nicely done! I had forgotten this little story--and you brought it back for me in such a witty way!

  16. I Really Like The Parody Of Tale Using Three Limericks, The Rhymes Worked And The Poem Works.:)

  17. This made me laugh out loud!
    I grew up knowing this story as 'Chicken Little' - though I do like the image and thought of a wet hen .... ;P
    You knew I'd go there.
    Umm ... can someone explain 'chook' for me?


    1. Chook is an Australian colloqialism for a chicken. A kebab can be a 'chook on a stick'. Used as a description of a person, it is mildly derogatory but is sometimes a term of endearment.

  18. Brillant! I can relate, I am the little Red Hen.


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