Goldie, the hen who thinks she is a dog,
takes no notice of the checkered rooster,
scratches her hidden ear
with a stiff tripod foot.
Cartilaginous corona jiggles stiffly,
russet and cream feathers in overlapping mermaid scales.
She’d rather follow the children.
No fence can hold her,
He tucks the solid ruddy bird
under a small sturdy arm
and continues down the garden path.
The rooster stretches his neck
and kicks dust
to impress the rest of the ladies.