Almanac Poetry: Death of a Bantam


Barnevelder Bantam hen [Source: Wikimedia Commons]



Death of a Bantam


Unexpectedly, she survived the winter,
was wizened, old,
the weight of a crumpled sheet of paper,
all feathers, beak and claws.


Had seen off two generations
of bigger, stronger hens;
shuffled around their legs
at the communal food tray,
pecking at what they’d leave behind.


I’m glad she died
inside the chookhouse,
among the warm chooky smells
of straw and shit,
not out in the muddy yard
on that sodden spring afternoon.




(Acknowledgements: first published in Other Poetry, UK, 2012; then in my third book-length collection, Orpheus in the Undershirt, Ginninderra Press, 2018.)




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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, has just been published (late 2020) by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Recent other writing includes screenplays for films with a tertiary education purpose.

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