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Poem: "Eggs and Down"

This poem is spillover from the July 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon.  It's posted here as the second freebie, courtesy of a new donor, Dreamwidth user Sharpeningthebones.  This poem belongs to the series Hart's Farm.


Eggs and Down


Rowen was transplanting seedlings
into the sun-warmed soil of the herb garden
when a gaggle of children arrived.

Klara was herding the younger ones --
Astrid, Engelbert, Drífa -- all of whom
were thoroughly covered in mud.
Engelbert and Drífa were just old enough
to start helping with chores,
but Astrid was an accomplished gatherer
and Klara was supposed to be watching them.

"What in the world happened?"
Rowen exclaimed.  "I thought
you were just going to gather eggs!"

"We were and we did," said Klara.
"Fox!" said Engelbert.
"Ducklings," said Drífa.
"So we had to rescue them,"
Astrid explained, as if the details were clear.

Rowen looked at the children
with their arms full of eggs and down,
and yes, there were the peeping baby ducks
cradled carefully in muddy grasp.

"I threw rocks to chase the fox away,"
said Klara, "but we don't know
if the mother duck will come back."

"All right then," Rowen said
as she set her tools aside.
"Let's go take the ducklings to the barn.
Maybe we can get another duck or a hen
to take care of them for now."

Engelbert tugged on Rowen's dress.
"Una mad?" he said.

It was certainly true that Una
would not appreciate the egg-gatherers
tracking mud all through the kitchen.

So Rowen led the children to the pump
and washed off as much of the mud as possible.
She put the eggs in one basket
and the bouncy ducklings in another.

They managed to find a mother duck
who had only three ducklings
and seemed willing to take six more.

Una was pleased to receive the eggs,
allowed that a little mud was a small price
to pay for rescuing ducklings from a fox,
and provided cookies to the heroes of the day
before Rowen led them all to the washroom.

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wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: July 4th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like it! Thank you.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

That's good to hear.
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: July 4th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

I tweeted too!
wyld_dandelyon From: wyld_dandelyon Date: July 4th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Oh, and look - it made it into one of the ephemeral internet "papers":

http://paper.li/metasilk/1318440053
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Woohoo! Thank you.
From: technoshaman Date: July 4th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww! YAY! Hopefully the younglings are not the type to rebel at a b-a-t-h; I wouldn't want to spoil their good mood at having rescued both ducklings and eggs. :)

*happydance*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>> Awww! YAY! <<

I'm glad you liked this.

>> Hopefully the younglings are not the type to rebel at a b-a-t-h; I wouldn't want to spoil their good mood at having rescued both ducklings and eggs. :) <<

It doesn't seem to be a prevailing theme here, although individual children may have different opinions. They knew not to go tracking mud indoors, at least.
From: technoshaman Date: July 4th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

They knew not to go tracking mud indoors, at least.

Even the little one! Yes, well trained. :)
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