Spike The Chicken Writes Again

Daily Verse in the Magic Hour

Spike The Chicken

Spike The Chicken
St Helena, California, USA
May 28



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MAY 27, 2011 10:32AM

The Portrait

May 27, 2011

Three exalted surgeons
In lab coats starched and white
(One had his hair cut for the day)
Convened at the appointed spot
A miracle of scheduling.

I was afraid but ready,
Having scouted round the place,
Till I began, in camera
To seduce each naked face.
They laughed and clowned around.

Vanity unfurl… Read full post »

MAY 26, 2011 9:15AM


May 26, 2011

I read about a woman
Who says she is opposed
To the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the truth she seeks.
She writes it down
And with it all the pain
Our daily rituals erase.

As she sees it
(And who cannot deny)
Life is hard; what we enjoy
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MAY 25, 2011 10:03AM


May 25, 2011

Bob Dylan, as of yesterday
Has reached the age of seventy.
Good God.
This bard of youth, this angel
Of that long past, open time is now
Among the old he once defied. It's certified. 
I wonder is he's wizened now and dark in thought?
Friends who see him say… Read full post »

MAY 24, 2011 9:50AM


May 24, 2011

Permanent ink, permanent wave
Think of the future, work hard and save
Early to bed, early to rise
Everyone happy, nobody cries.

Or so it was said, when I was small.
Now those ideals don't work at all.
Ask the people in Joplin MO.
There may be/… Read full post »
MAY 23, 2011 9:31AM


May 23, 2011

The lovely Penelope lies back and bares her breast
The actor, in a character twice her age, bends down 
Like a lion, or a beggar about to plunge 
Into a hot and steaming, or still moving, meal. 

She smiles.
Sir Ben is glassy-eyed with personal intent.
He stares ahead,… Read full post »

MAY 22, 2011 10:10AM

Planting Day

May 22, 2011

Civilization, it's been said 
Dates back to the tilling of land
And raising up one's food stock
On home ground.

New concept, home
A local place
You'd plant your seed
And tend them, on the spot.

Saved women time
Less running around
Hunting, gathering and that.
The tribe ate… Read full post »

MAY 21, 2011 2:22PM


May 21, 2011

If sound were points of light,
My pre-dawn woods and garden, dark and black
Would look like Paris in the night.

Stretching in their nests, a cacophony of birds
Creates an orchestra of sorts, all singing in the dawn.
Do they think the day can't come in on… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2011 9:52AM

Waiting for the Rapture

May 20, 2011

So it's tomorrow, hip, hip hurray!
Just think of the things
I'll not get done today
Forget the deadlines, just let them go
Don't do the dishes - no one will know
Don't pay the bills -that's understood
And healthy food, give me a break
Let's pass around some… Read full post »

MAY 19, 2011 10:49AM

The Wolf

May 19, 2011

It was a pale night like tonight
The full moon filled the skylight
And through the open windows
Came the distant hiss of sea.

The house stood alone in a meadow
Looking out on folds of land  
And all around, long grasses
Made their own sea in the breeze.

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MAY 18, 2011 9:50AM

Image From a Quiet Day

May 18, 2011

A woman's shaking hands 
Opening her purse.
She'd set it on the counter
Where you sign the credit cards.
It was kind with clamps, 
She pulled it open with two hands.
People in the line behind were leaning on their carts.
She paid no mind.
She took her time,… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 9:37AM

Neptune's Realm

May 17, 2011

The rain - again - has framed it well
Some green and fluid
Baseless spell, with kelpy tendrils winding
Round the mind and squeezing tears
That mutely come
Though there's no seeming cause.

Sometimes all the worldly causes just converge
As on this rainy morning, innocent and dark
When images of h… Read full post »

MAY 16, 2011 10:27AM

The Reward for Patience

Everyone, since the dawn of time,
Has advised me to be patient. 
In school, they'd say, Don't fret. Just wait.
Your Mother's on her way. 
I'd sit. The sun would arc across the sky.
And by the end I'd wonder why, why was I there
Why even was I born, and where,… Read full post »

MAY 15, 2011 11:50AM

Why Are You Here?

May 15, 2011

"It's something you never think about,"
Said the man, of the Louisiana swamp
Whose spilled-over Mississippi waters
Were about to consume his house,
"You are this place."

The story, in the morning Times
Concerned the current flood, a way of life
And what would soon be swept away.
It asks what wil… Read full post »

MAY 14, 2011 7:21PM

Planting Day

I'm late this year.
My time spread thin.
Too many lives.

Must get them in:

Fat zucchini, peppers, squash
Potatoes I will love to mash
Little lettuce, parsley, dill.

I'll plant them all.
I know I will.
MAY 13, 2011 10:16AM

Missing Her While She's Still Here

May 13, 2011

Sometimes I just want to go home.
Have the friendly doorman greet me
(I'm the daughter from the country)
Go up the lift, and down the quiet hall
Her door, whatever season, spring or fall
Always has sprig of holly, and a bell.

If my plane was late, the dinner would be waiting,
At the table… Read full post »

MAY 12, 2011 9:58AM

Gifts and Mysteries

May 12, 2011

In a little coastal town
That prefers to be unnamed
A gaily painted shed
Stuffed with cast off clothes and such 
In the common ground proclaims
"Expect a Miracle."

Its a place to go
For someone barefoot, needing shoes
Or someone looking for a change
Or someone burdened by… Read full post »

MAY 11, 2011 9:29AM

Shove It or Love it

May 11, 2011

Staring straight into Aquarius
I grip the railing
Engines roar and
Heaving seas 
And wicked winds tear
At my clothes and
Sting my eyes and burn my nose.
And I'm just standing on my deck.
As my mother'd say, I am a wreck.

I want to flee
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MAY 10, 2011 9:41AM

Dawn in Aquarius

May 10, 2011

Everything in every moment
Ending, being born.


All around too many words.
Too many needs.
Too many shoulds.
Exortations pounding down like rain.

Fight this. Win that.
Hate them. Buy mine.
Let go!

What's to know?
Arnold and Maria are no more.
Why should I… Read full post »

MAY 9, 2011 9:39AM

Monday: Not Again

May 9, 2011

What if my heart said
I'm not into this today?
I mean, all this
Beating, beating
Day after day.

Or what if my new car said, 
Ha! You're not
Going anywhere.
I've got some PTO
And places I've just longed to go.

Or what if God… Read full post »

MAY 8, 2011 10:36AM

After Midnight

May 8, 2011

All is quiet.
Only shadows dancing now.
On the walls of memory
Or foreboding 
Who can tell?

A light wind sighs
And lifts the skirts of trees
And stirs unease around the heart
And pulls a veil of cloud across the stars.
There's a new cross on the… Read full post »

First the surprises.
The endurance of irises.
Heat, frost, rain, drought
Without a doubt
Of all the things one ought to do
Do not grow one
Grow two.

And roses.
The Cecil Bruner blooms but once a year.
But it takes at least that long
Simply to recover from
Its blinking… Read full post »

MAY 6, 2011 9:58AM

The Couple

May 6, 2011

There's a road near here
Runs through vineyards
Long and straight
Not much shoulder
Grapes mean dollars
So the rows extend
As far as they can go.

In the early mornings
When the fog is lifting
Or even when the rain
Is sheeting down
And I am speeding
Down the road to work
I see them every time
Regardl… Read full post »

MAY 5, 2011 10:24AM

Francisco's Hands

When they reach into the earth
Watch carefully, you'll see
The earth receives them visibly
Like an embrace.

He's from another place but still
Even here on my dry soil, the earth itself
Responds and seems to recognize
A kindred touch

Even their respective colors seem to match
His hands, a… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2011 8:48AM


May 4, 2011

After conflict, stillness comes
A pulling in of energies
A clearing of the inner sight
It takes some time to put things right

When all is change
At least that's what they say
Its true you feel a certain strange 
Uncertain rhythm to the day 

An unevenness of… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2011 9:46AM

Daybreak, No Gunfire

The air is chill, the sky is deep and black
Altair, the Eagle, shining way up high.
And in the dark, the universal breath 
Collects itself, as one does before  a cry.

And suddenly, the night erupts 
And all the creatures form a chorus
And with the rising light, sing in the… Read full post »