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"The truth is rarely pure, and never simple." ~ Oscar Wilde

Passing a Truck Full of Chickens at Night on Highway Eighty
by Jane Mead

What struck me at first was their panic.
Some were pulled by the wind from moving
to the ends of the stacked cages,
some had their heads blown through the bars –

and could not get them in again.
Some hung there like that -- dead –
their own feathers blowing, clotting

in their faces. Then
I saw the one that made me slow some –
I lingered there beside her for five miles.

She had pushed her head through the space
between the bars – to get a better view.
She had the look of a dog in the back

of a pickup, that eager look of a dog
who knows she’s being taken along.
She craned her neck.

She looked around, watched me, then
strained to see over the car – strained
to see what happened beyond.

That is the chicken I want to be.


I am a recent graduate, taking a year off to gain work experience and wreck my chances at federal financial aid when I go back to school next year. This journal is almost entirely friends only, and I'm not going to add you back unless I know you or you give me a convincing reason for wanting to read along.

I write Molly Weasley and Rita Skeeter on hp_dungeons, a Harry Potter roleplay that's now in its 4th year. Go take a look- these people are amazing writers and I'm honored to be working with them.


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