Year of the Rooster (Draft 2)

Year of the Rooster

Born in 1921 with pluck,
her dawn broke hearts. She
knew raw emotions and cries,
grew like a lion of the family
stalking the fields, a temper hot
like a firecracker, though raised
by a calmer farmer with luck

Still working on the farm,
her favorite rooster, a
darling of pets, surprised Mary
when it was

cooked to death by a firecracker
and the Lady of Fire is also dead
losing her confidence to crow
on Chinese New Year
like a Dragon fired up.

— Douglas Gilbert

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Year of the Rooster (Draft 1)

Year of the Rooster

She was the lion of the family,
hot like a firecracker,
born in 1921.

Still working on the farm,
her favorite rooster
woke her for Chinese New Year

But she was shocked when
her darling pet was
slaughtered by a firecracker

and the Lady of Fire
died of despair
losing her confidence to crow

— Douglas Gilbert