Hens in the House


I had fun writing my Pleiades poems in November, so I thought I’d try my hand at playing with Limericks. This style of poetry consists of a single stanza of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must rhyme. Also, the third and fourth lines should rhyme with each other. These short poems should have an AABBA structure. The limerick is a folk style of poetry. It can be humorous and, at times, bawdy. I’m not certain if I can achieve witty or bawdy, but hopefully, I believe I can stick with the rhyme pattern. I wrote Hens in the House to honor the original henhouse ladies. You know who you are.

Hens in the House

Once there were three hens in the house

Who tried to be as quiet as a mouse

They lay golden eggs

Balancing on wobbly legs

Because the farmer was something of a louse

I worked in a tiny booth with three other women. People referred to our space as The Bunker. We started calling this both The Henhouse for purely self-defense reasons. I made a crazy quilt and hung it on the wall.

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Published by henhouselady

I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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