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    Light Farm Works
    Beth LaBuff
    This collection of light verse was written by Iowa native Beth LaBuff. Imagine a corn crib that was repurposed by fowl society in "Barred Plymouth Rock Band." What exactly will make a catfish sweat? See "Catfish on a Hot Tin Roof." Then there's a one horse race between a horse and mule....

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    Barred Plymouth Rock Band

    Abutting an abandoned barn,
    A crib devoid of corn,
    With weathervane and cupola,
    The rooftop, sagged and worn.

    The corncrib was repurposed
    By fowl society,
    A chicken troupe—Barred Plymouth Rocks,
    The white variety.

    The granary was their concert hall
    With nightly concerts planned,
    This group so hot they sizzled—
    A barnyard chicken band.

    Bandleader of the feathered group,
    This five-fowl poultry show,
    A southern bird of Creole stock
    Was dubbed Ole Chick’ Gumbo.

    Ole Gumbo plucked the banjo strings,
    On French horn — Cordon Bleu,
    With Kiev on percussion,
    And Lo Mein played kazoo.

    The fifth fowl, in a washtub,
    (He floundered on dry land.)
    Sans feathers, Chicken of the Sea—
    His job—tuna the band.

    For no sound graced the concert hall
    Until his guarantee
    That flats and sharps were cancelled by
    The Chicken of the Sea.

    Then feathers ruffled as they crooned,
    Laud for their chicken breed.
    They danced till eggs were scrambled.
    They sang for chicken feed.

    Cordon Bleu stuck in his craw
    His spare chapstick supply.
    It came in handy, between songs,
    When chicken-lips got dry.

    And Kiev on percussion,
    Brushed cymbals with his tail,
    And when he had a solo,
    Made chicken drumsticks flail.

    Gumbo kept the songs up-beat,
    His banjo on his knee.
    He picked with pomp and circumstance,
    A spicy melody.

    Misfortune struck one chicken,
    A pox upon Lo Mein...

    contains these titles:
    Barred Plymouth Rock Band
    The Farmer and His Ladye
    Catfish on a Hot Tin Roof
    Bruno's Shopping Junket
    Le Curator of the Shed
    Wellington, the Talk of Baxter County
    Pride and Prejudice
    General Bullregard -- A North-South Tale
    Blue Ribbon Plan

    Each poem gives a nod to a Bible verse.
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