Border Hens

November 22nd, 2013 by Deborah K. Kelly






From a detention center,
hens escape,
courage fortified by maize
smuggled in by their daughters.

With loaded patrols all along the border,
daughters who run with babies
raise courage
in their mothers.

The jailbroke hens
toe the countryside with care,
walk the gusty sand
and frozen mud.

Some then are led by seed
to the roosters’ cornrows,
or by pennies to Northern orchards.

When hens outfox loaded borders,
it’s henmigration.
They piece together homes,
full to overflowing…
nearly free.



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