The chicken on my block


the chicken on my block
Originally uploaded by Liz Henry.

Moomin didn’t believe me when I told him I saw a chicken in the street.

“A real chicken? A real, real, one?”

“Yes! I swear!”

We parked the car and ran down to the corner… no chicken… my child’s faith in my word wavered… and then, there it was. Strutting. Squttering to itself suspiciously under its breath. We sidled up to it. It sidled away. To save it from being hit by a car, we tried to herd the chicken into a small fenced yard, but it was far too savvy.

What will happen? Will we see it again? Why is it here? Is someone keeping it for eggs, or to eat, or are there fighting cocks in the neighborhood again?

The best part: making Moomin crack up so hard he fell over when the chicken ran across the street and I asked him “Why did the chicken cross the road?” For a minute we were inside a joke.

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3 Responses to The chicken on my block

  1. Kristi says:

    You could use chase that chicken and get crazy fast. Worked for Rocky.

  2. Mary Tsao says:

    I have one of those on my block, too. Makes me wonder if I should get one. You know, to keep up with the Joneses.

  3. Mark says:

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