Mr. Reginald Gray Peeps Cuddles is quite a character with his feathery legs and his regal appearance. Until a few weeks ago, there were several hens and one more rooster. However, my family sold all of them except Mr. Cuddles and his friend, Henrietta. Chickens are social creatures and since all their friends have gone away, they have just each other and we always see them together.
How did Mr. Cuddles get his name? When he was a “Gray Peep,” he was the favorite of my 5-year-old grandson. Nathanael would catch him and hold him (which led to the name Mr. Cuddles); he loved his gray peep dearly. Mr. Cuddles doesn’t often get cuddled now, but Nathanael loves him dearly still. When the other chickens were finding new homes, we couldn’t bear to part with this family “pet.” Mr. Cuddles got to stay and since Henrietta didn’t find a new home, she got to stay, too.
Mr. Cuddles’ first name, Reginald? It just fit his regal (or is it pompous?) bearing.
The Poetry challenge: Prompt: animal; form: concrete; device: enjambment. My prompt is a cat; in concrete, I tried to do the poetry in the form of a cat; in enjambment, each line ends with a /, meaning the sentence goes onto the next line. Hope you enjoy it.
m a s t e r
of the house or so
he thinks, demanding
what he wants for you to do./
He'll tell the message so you
will not miss/ his wish. His
staring eyes will pierce
you through./ So regal
in his stature as he sits/
before you thinking you will read
his mind./ Sometimes his eyes will
close while sitting straight,/ but still his
body sits in perfect line./ Just put an empty
box where he can see/ perhaps a bowl that
he can fit into./ He can’t resist; he’ll squeeze
his body in./ Even an empty tissue box might do./
No dirty fur for this four-legged one./His tongue is
busy cleaning up his fur./ (Can you imagine bathing
just like this?)/ But cleanliness is part of his
allure./ And yet when one has grabbed your
heart,/ you're his. He cuddles near with a
purr,/ demanding that you pet him. Slave concurs,/
not just with loving hands, but says, "Yes, sir."