The Rooster


the rooster struts

throws back its preening head and howls

led zep


This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem #650, First Rooster Crowing (hatsutori), another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, naturally, here’s “Rock’n’Roll” by Led Zeppelin  –

8 thoughts on “The Rooster

    • Sure is! Alongside my haiku reading I’m into Hammer of the Gods at the moment, balancing the Zen with tales of rock and roll excess :O

      And when I tried to picture the rooster it literally morphed into Robert Plant, so… 😀

      • And I went for Mick Jagger – so we were on the same wavelength 🙂

        Will have to check out “Hammer of the Gods”. Part way through Slaughterhouse Five right now….

      • Well, when it comes to preposterous preening you really need look no further than these guys 🙂

        Slaughterhouse 5 already? You read like a demon! I liked it a lot – thought it was a very intelligent, multi layered ‘anti-war’ book.

      • The Tralfamadorians are quite interesting (so far) — only 1/3 way through. Thought it was interesting that the movement of stars was like “luminescent spaghetti” with the way they see time as past-present-future all at once.

        Also interesting that they see humans as millipedes with “baby legs on one end and elderly legs on the other end”.

        And – yes – extremely anti-war – but so subtle in method.

        His use of “so it goes” is incredibly effective too.

      • “So it goes” became one of those 60s counter-culture sayings, I seem to remember.

        Yes, the millipedes were a very striking image. And the barber sharp quartet..

        Exactly – very subtle and oblique almost, and it was that which gave it its power, I thought. As though the subject couldn’t quite be met face-to-face.

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