Chickenometry I – by Elisabeth Horan


The color of your legs often =
the color of your eggs, + my carcass:
a hanging weight > than the total
grain portion one hen might consume in her
lifetime, x(2). Fights break out; aggressive
pecking secures water and submissive
order. Some will maim you, deforming you.

Our eyes often take the brunt of it all.
We are just tweaked beaks all vying to be-
come proportionally more edible;
whilst becoming proportionally
less fatty. Just imagine the end run!
Wrap your head around this economic
meat equation. Breasts on sale: $4.99 per lb.



Elisabeth Horan is a poet mother student lover of kind people and animals, homesteading in Vermont with her tolerant partner and two young sons. She writes to survive and survives to write – We are all battling something. Let’s support each other. She teaches at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire.  @ehoranpoet.