"KING OF THE BARNYARD"

WHO IS THAT NEW GUY ?
STRUTTING AROUND IN THE BARN YARD,
I UNDERSTAND HE'S NOT BEEN HERE VERY LONG
I BELIEVE I OVERHEARD HE JUST GOT HIRED.

I KNOW HE HAS SURE BEEN BUSY
EATING UP ALL THE SHELLED CORN,
I NOTICED THE LITTLE BROWN HEN SURE WAS
LOOKING AT HIM WITH A LOT OF SCORN !

HE IS TOO PROUD I UNDERSTAND
TO GO OUT IN THE CORNFIELD BEHIND THE BARN,
THERE IS PLENTY OF LOOSE GRAIN
IF HE WOULD JUST WALK AROUND ON THE FARM.

PERHAPS HE IS AFRAID A FOX IS LURKING
WILL SNEAK UP AND CHASE AFTER HIM,
I BET THAT "MAGGIE" - THE BROWN HEN WOULD HAVE
A SMILE ON HER BECK - LONG ABOUT THEN !

NOW THIS PROUD ROOSTER
THINKS HE OWNS THE BARN LOT,
HE MARCHES AROUND AND SHOWS HIS STUFF
BEAUTIFUL COLORFUL WINGS - HE SURE HAS GOT.

HE IS A VERY HANDSOME DUDE
ALL THOSE FEATHERS OF GREEN AND RED,
A BRAHMA ROOSTER NO DOUBT
A WATTLE AND CRIMSON COMB ON HIS HEAD.

EXTRA LONG BLACK TAIL FEATHERS
HE ARCHES UPON HIS BACK,
I HEARD YESTERDAY HE ALMOST GOT THEM TRAPPED
BY A STRING HANGING FROM A CORN-SACK.

YEA, THIS FINE FEATHERED FOWL
THIS OLE "ROOSTER KING" LIKES TO SNOOP AROUND,
FINDING GOODIES ANYWHERE HE CAN PEEK
WON'T JUST SCRATCH AND PECK ON THE GROUND !

BUT YOU KNOW EVERY MORNING
HE'S OUT THERE WITH A COCK-A-DOODLE-DO,
STANDING ON THAT OLD WOODEN FENCE POST
"I'M UP AND READY FOR THE DAY - HOW ABOUT YOU ?"

AS THIS SLEEPY ROOSTER STANDS THERE
IN THE EARLY MORNING LIGHT,
THE DEW IS STILL CAUGHT ON THE SPIDER-WEBS
AND THE SUN IS DISMISSING NIGHT.

I'LL TELL YOU SOME GOSSIP - DON'T GO REPEATING
FROM WHAT I'VE OVER-HEARD,
THAT LITTLE "MISS BROWN HEN" LIKES
THAT OLD HANDSOME ROOSTER BIRD.

NOW THE REST OF US BIDDIES
DON'T REALLY CARE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER,
WE ARE NOT REALLY FOND OF HIM EITHER
BUT FOR "MAGGIE", THERE DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ANY OTHER.

IF HE HAPPENS TO STROLL BY
HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW SHE ACTS ALL MAD !
WHEN HE CALLS OUT TO HER WHEN HE FINDS A JUICY BUG
HER LITTLE BECK SUDDENLY LOOKS HALF-WAY GLAD.

HE DOESN'T SEEM TO NOTICE ME AT ALL
OR "AUNT BERTHA" WHO IS GETTING OLD,
JUST TRYS TO GET THE ATTENTION OF "MISS BROWN"
HE SURE IS A DANDY AND GETTING RATHER BOLD !

HE MUST KNOW HOW SHE FEELS TOWARD HIM
HE HAS BEEN AROUND SILLY OLE HENS BEFORE,
THAT'S ONE REASON HE IS UP AT CRACK OF DAWN
WAITING TO ESCORT US CHICKS OUT THE DOOR.

WELL, THIS JUST MY SIDE OF THE STORY
JUST SOME CACKLING - BELIEVE IT OR NOT,
I'VE LOOKED AT HIS LITTLE BEADY EYES
WATCHED THAT FELLOW MOVE WITH A FAST TROT.

I'M SURE HE FEELS BIG AMONG ALL US HENS
JUST WALK BY HIM AND TAKE A GLANCE,
HE ACTS LIKE HE IS JUST SO IMPORTANT
I EXPECT TO SEE HIM AT ANY MOMENT BEGIN TO DANCE.

I BETTER GO DIG UP SOME MORE WORMS
I GOT BETTER THINGS I NEED TO DO,
FEEDING ALL MY LITTLE BABY DIDDLES
I'LL TALK LATER TO YOU.


Written......August 4, 2008

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Author: ADINE CATHEY
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