This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from kyleri, who posted about a friend's chicken laying a green egg. It was sponsored by slave2tehtink, owner of the chicken, who commented with links to photos of Ayinnanku and her green egg. "Ayinnanku" means "favorite eagle" in Mapuche; she belongs to one of several related breeds of chicken that lay colored eggs: Araucana, Ameraucana, and Easter Egger. I love rare breeds. I also think it's fun to make up mystical explanations for why things are the way they are.
looks like an ordinary chicken
except for a few extra tufts of feathers, but
lays eggs of mint-green and sky-blue,
a pinkish shade of brown,
a yellowish shade of pink.
The hens leave
a little bit of Easter
in the farmer's egg-basket
and on drizzly spring days,
when no one is looking,
they slyly peck at the rainbows.
These are the winners for the 2011 Rose & Bay Awards:
Art -- Moonvoice's Art by Moonvoice (aka Ravenari)
Fiction -- runoff poll is now open
Poetry -- Poetry Fishbowl at The Wordsmith's Forge by Elizabeth Barrette aka ysabetwordsmith
Webcomic -- Khaos Komix by Tab Kimton aka khaoskomix
Other Project -- Mischief by S.J. Tucker aka sooj
Patron -- Vercin, patron of The Philosopher in Arms by Karen Wehrstein aka karen_wehrstein
Congratulations to all the winners!
If you have not yet voted in the Fiction runoff poll, please do that. The winner in that category will be announced later in the month.
The series is urban fantasy with bits of dark comedy and horror. This poem includes unexpected excitement with origami figures, and gargoyles; and that's life as usual at Monster House.