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roosters and voting


John was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers
(hens), called ‘pullets,’
And ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.
He kept records,
And any rooster not performing
Went into the soup pot
And was replaced.
This took a lot of time,
So he bought some tiny bells
And attached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone,
So he could tell from a distance,
Which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch
And fill out an efficiency report
By just listening to the bells.
John’s favorite rooster, old Butch,
Was a very fine specimen,
But this morning he noticed
Old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!
When he went to investigate,
He saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets,
Bells-a-ringing, but the pullets,
Hearing the roosters coming,
Could run for cover.
To John’s amazement,
Old Butch had his bell in his beak,
So it couldn’t ring.
He’d sneak up on a pullet,
Do his job and walk on to the next one.
John was so proud of old Butch,
He entered him in the Renfrew County Fair
And he became an overnight sensation
Among the judges.
The result was the judges
Not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prize
But they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well.
Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making.
Who else but a politician could figure out
How to win two of the most highly coveted awards
On our planet by being the best
At sneaking up on the populace
And screwing them
When they weren’t paying attention.
Vote carefully this year,
The bells are not always audible.

(I got this in an email and don’t know who the author is, but thank you! And if you read this please let me know so I can attribute this.)



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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