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Connections: October 28.17


The hen with the turquoise tail

and watchful ruby eye

busily bustles about

in no way subtle or shy.

Incredulous, unbelieving,

clucking at all she sees

hustling up and down stairs

with never an if-you-please,

she gathers each mote of gossip

slack-jawed, open-beaked,

around and about the condos

astonished and endlessly piqued.



More thanks to the S.W. Berg photo archives,

and to the D.J. Berg store of whimsy.





4 thoughts on “Connections: October 28.17

  1. Well, there’s definitely always gossip and stuff going on in a condo development. All those homeowners gathered together in one place and not agreeing with what the board chooses – kind of funny what some people get all upset about. 🙂 Love the chicken – beautiful, loyal, and you don’t have to clean a chicken coop. 🙂

    • Yes, isn’t that a splendid chicken? (My idea of a pet.) I have no experience in a condo, so I cannot speak to it, but my life has taught me that wherever people are there is also “gossip and stuff.” And this little hen just happens to live in a condo, so that’s where she does her thing. I’ve also learned from life that there are many people who don’t give a hoot about the gossip and stuff, but there is always a hen or two (or rooster) who MUST peck away. (Do you remember the song “Pick a little, talk a little” from “Music Man”? One of my favorite commentaries on gossip!)

      • After downsizing, we lived in two different condos on our way to our present home. The first one had a huge book of rules and regs, and there was one for everything including what annuals you could plant. The second one was brand new and they were writing them as issues arose. It was hard to not laugh when adult people argued over whether the landscaper should cut the grass at 2 3/4, 3, or 3 1/2 inches. And, it went on from there. 🙂

  2. Wow, you really do have the condo experience! I have experience with HOA CC&Rs and that sort of thing, but I imagine it’s a little different and more intense with a condo. I certainly see the possibility of a condo in my future, though, and I hope matters like grass length will have been ironed out before I move in!

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