I found a frozen chicken in a hedge.
Fully wrapped, not a bit defrosted,
Maybe I could roast it with potatoes.
Who threw it there?
Some litterbug had tossed it.
I put it in my bag
and kept on walking,
White winter sunlight,
blinding as it set,
Then more things rolled towards me on the tarmac,
A tin of beans,
and lemons in a net.
If I took them would that count as stealing?
as I wandered back to mine,
Was I being followed by the owner,
of a chicken that cost two pounds ninety nine?
Something told me someone was behind me,
It was creepy, l felt right on edge,
Panicking, I ran till I was gasping,
and threw the chicken, beans and lemons in a hedge.
Winner of no Poetry Ireland Competition, or any other competition, no published debut collection, nothing printed anywhere yet.
Her poems have been nominated for nothing so she’s nominating this poem to go on this page – a great place to start.
She is the curator of nothing. Her anthology doesn’t exist, yet she keeps going.
A student of Kevin Higgins.
2 thoughts on “Chicken Mystery, by Catherine Doherty Nicholls”
Really made me laugh at 7.30 this morning. Now that’s an achievement. Keep going!
I love it!