Cock-a-Doodle-Doo [15 words or less]

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When Randy and I went up to the North Shore (of Lake Superior, in Minnesota) last month, this is one of the oversized side-of-the-road things we saw. There was also a Voyageur whose odd wardrobe and color choices made it look like he wasn’t wearing pants, so this rooster seemed the safest best!?Here are?3 things this photo makes me think of:

1)??a giant hen that lays cars instead of eggs
2)??weird landmarks we use when giving directions
3)? having a watch-chicken instead of a watchdog

And here’s my (bizarre) first draft.

In March, I Lay SUVs
white and sleek
with heated seats
to keep you warm
while winter storms
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?

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Note: I am visiting my mom, who is in her second week of chemotherapy for the ovarian cancer that’s returned (after 7 years in remission). I won’t have my laptop with me and won’t be able to reply to poems this week. But I hope you have fun with the giant rooster nonetheless:>)

110 Responses

  1. DIRECTIONS BY LANDMARKS

    Left at the rooster
    Right at the hen
    Straight past the chicks
    KFC — dead end 🙁

    That would be a cool landmark to have!

    1. There is a big chicken in Marietta, GA used for directions. Your poem brought it to mind.

  2. DIRECTIONS BY LANDMARKS

    Left at the rooster
    Right at the hen
    Straight past the chicks
    KFC — dead end 🙁

    That would be a cool landmark to have!

    1. There is a big chicken in Marietta, GA used for directions. Your poem brought it to mind.

  3. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
    What are you waking to?
    Snow so deep-
    Go back to sleep!
    Cock-a-doodle-do!

    Laura, sorry to hear about your mother. My neighbor is also fighting a return of that cancer. I will lift them both in my prayers.

    1. Cindyb, Oh, that I could go to sleep until it’s spring here in the northland. Thanks for the poem. So sorry to hear about your mother and Laura’s. Prayers for both.

  4. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
    What are you waking to?
    Snow so deep-
    Go back to sleep!
    Cock-a-doodle-do!

    Laura, sorry to hear about your mother. My neighbor is also fighting a return of that cancer. I will lift them both in my prayers.

    1. Cindyb, Oh, that I could go to sleep until it’s spring here in the northland. Thanks for the poem. So sorry to hear about your mother and Laura’s. Prayers for both.

  5. Take care, Laura–and Laura’s mom.

    Morning

    The rooster
    calls to the snow,
    ?Wake up!?
    but not even
    a hen listens.

    ?Kate Coombs

  6. Take care, Laura–and Laura’s mom.

    Morning

    The rooster
    calls to the snow,
    ?Wake up!?
    but not even
    a hen listens.

    ?Kate Coombs

  7. Henpecked

    Who, me?
    They roost, I crow.
    I love standing guard
    in the ice and snow!

    Laura, I love roosters. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for your mom’s return to good health.

      1. Thanks Pat, and it’s even more funny to think that I would love roosters when I was the only grandchild out of ten who was ever attacked by Grandma’s rooster, Ol’ Red — not just once but he tried every time I came around. Paul Bunyon Country was a cute one.

        1. Thanks, Martha.
          I remember being attacked by a hen, when I tried to pick up one of her chicks.
          Roosters could be mean, I remember.

  8. Henpecked

    Who, me?
    They roost, I crow.
    I love standing guard
    in the ice and snow!

    Laura, I love roosters. Sending positive thoughts and prayers for your mom’s return to good health.

      1. Thanks Pat, and it’s even more funny to think that I would love roosters when I was the only grandchild out of ten who was ever attacked by Grandma’s rooster, Ol’ Red — not just once but he tried every time I came around. Paul Bunyon Country was a cute one.

        1. Thanks, Martha.
          I remember being attacked by a hen, when I tried to pick up one of her chicks.
          Roosters could be mean, I remember.

  9. Sorry about your mother’s illness, Laura. Best wishes to both of you.
    Thanks for taking time to post the picture, a very chilly one.

    Paul Bunyan Country

    Babe, the ox,
    is coming soon
    to pull me out;
    perhaps by noon.

  10. Sorry about your mother’s illness, Laura. Best wishes to both of you.
    Thanks for taking time to post the picture, a very chilly one.

    Paul Bunyan Country

    Babe, the ox,
    is coming soon
    to pull me out;
    perhaps by noon.

  11. My thoughts are with you and your mother. Hang in there.

    How to be a Rooster 101

    Smart enough to stand
    under the roo’s legs,
    a hatchling observes
    the art of intimidation.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

  12. My thoughts are with you and your mother. Hang in there.

    How to be a Rooster 101

    Smart enough to stand
    under the roo’s legs,
    a hatchling observes
    the art of intimidation.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

  13. If I sit real still
    can I blend into the snow?
    Something tells me–
    no.

  14. If I sit real still
    can I blend into the snow?
    Something tells me–
    no.

  15. Laura, so sorry to hear about your mom. Strength & courage to you both.

    GOOD MORNING

    Wake up, Sunshine!
    It?s time to go!
    Ignore the freezing cold and snow.
    Just crow!

  16. Laura, so sorry to hear about your mom. Strength & courage to you both.

    GOOD MORNING

    Wake up, Sunshine!
    It?s time to go!
    Ignore the freezing cold and snow.
    Just crow!

  17. Lara take care I’ll keep you in my prays I,m going through this also hugs

  18. Lara take care I’ll keep you in my prays I,m going through this also hugs

  19. So sorry to hear about your mom, Laura. Wishing you both all the best.

    “Bawk! Bawk!
    Big Chicken!”
    She imagines
    herself growing massive wings,
    then splatters them
    with eggs.

  20. So sorry to hear about your mom, Laura. Wishing you both all the best.

    “Bawk! Bawk!
    Big Chicken!”
    She imagines
    herself growing massive wings,
    then splatters them
    with eggs.

  21. We had a renegade rooster when I was a child. He often attacked, especially my little sister.

    Rooster Pranks

    ?Car?s towed!?
    rooster crowed,
    eyes glowed.

    ?Pizza outside!?
    rooster lied.
    Entrance denied!
    We?ll stay inside.

  22. We had a renegade rooster when I was a child. He often attacked, especially my little sister.

    Rooster Pranks

    ?Car?s towed!?
    rooster crowed,
    eyes glowed.

    ?Pizza outside!?
    rooster lied.
    Entrance denied!
    We?ll stay inside.

  23. too chicken
    to try sports
    until my growth spurt

    Thoughts and prayers, Laura.

  24. too chicken
    to try sports
    until my growth spurt

    Thoughts and prayers, Laura.

  25. Stuck in time
    What will I do
    Certainly not
    Cock ‑a — doodle — doo

    Wake Up !

  26. Stuck in time
    What will I do
    Certainly not
    Cock ‑a — doodle — doo

    Wake Up !

  27. Monster Gone Amok

    Look out, Tokyo!
    Godzilla?s gone.
    But Rooster on steroids
    aggravated by hemorrhoids
    arrives at dawn.

    ~~~Barbara Turner

    1. Barbara, loved the “roids” — I’m a little late getting on site again, but it seems that everyone has had fun with this one.

  28. Monster Gone Amok

    Look out, Tokyo!
    Godzilla?s gone.
    But Rooster on steroids
    aggravated by hemorrhoids
    arrives at dawn.

    ~~~Barbara Turner

    1. Barbara, loved the “roids” — I’m a little late getting on site again, but it seems that everyone has had fun with this one.

  29. WAKE UP CALL
    Auburn shafts of light
    Sneaks into view,
    my alarm rings ?
    ?Cock‑a doodle-doo!?

    © Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

  30. WAKE UP CALL
    Auburn shafts of light
    Sneaks into view,
    my alarm rings ?
    ?Cock‑a doodle-doo!?

    © Charles Waters 2014 all rights reserved.

  31. My apologies, that was intended to read:

    If the Kiddos are hungry
    When the mercury dips,
    We’ll always have
    Frozen Chicken Strips!

  32. My apologies, that was intended to read:

    If the Kiddos are hungry
    When the mercury dips,
    We’ll always have
    Frozen Chicken Strips!

  33. This reminds me of the roster on bugs bunny
    And on the corn flack box

  34. This reminds me of the roster on bugs bunny
    And on the corn flack box

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