Fare Thee Well (Year of the Rooster)

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“When your rooster crows at the break a dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone…”
–Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”

You say you’re leaving–
but your crowing lingers,
louder than the blackest cry,

echoing down that dark side
where your soul wanders, lost,
afraid to open either window or door.

Did you really once love?
I wonder not why, but how–
how and where and who—

Who? The call that you can’t hear
is not for you.  Not your name,
but a chorus for a new dawn—

(when you’ll be gone)–bound
for a land beyond the telling.
It’s all right then; it’s all right.

It’s Draw-a-Bird Day, and I’d like to say (almost) good-bye to the Year of the Rooster.  I did 3 Bird Day posts with roosters last year, but my initial post, for the Chinese New Year in 2017, has an eerie similarity to this (not so fond) goodbye.  As I said in that post: “The disruption of the Year of the Monkey gives way to more intensity….the cockiness of the Year of the Rooster.  Most of the predictions I read online for 2017 were not too positive.  They recommended keeping your head down, staying organized, and working hard.”  My poem even mentioned the Dark Side.

Let’s hope the Year of the Dog is kinder to birds (and all other living creatures as well).

 

 

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19 responses to “Fare Thee Well (Year of the Rooster)”

  1. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Colorful and cheerful rooster!

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  2. Jodi says :

    great rooster!!! buts let’s hope for a better year of the dog 🙂

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  3. Janice says :

    Your rooster drew me in. Great post… thank you 🙏

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  4. Sharon Mann says :

    Imaginative Rooster design! I like bright color on black. On with the new year, I think dogs can help the mood!

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says :

    I have the best feelings about the upcoming Year of the Earth Dog. It’s a double-earth year, and I’m going to take that as a sign of hope for all the planet’s creatures. It is also the ‘ben ming nian’ (zodiacal birth year, typically unlucky) of our nation’s leader; I wish no harm to any living being, but let’s just say I’m looking forward to a little reversal of luck all around. 🙂

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  6. Jill Kuhn says :

    Love your colorful rooster!! Is it paper?

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  7. Jane Dougherty says :

    Your rooster is very fire bird 🙂 Wasn’t it a fire rooster this year? I’m one of those apparently. It was a wild ride of a year, lets’s hope the dog brings a bit of calm and common sense.

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