The Common Backyard Hen

Image from the Rural Ramblings blog, which has lots of pictures and stories about farm life, animals etc. Very well done.

A LESSON FROM THE BACK YARD

She’s no talker like the parrot,
And her singing is quite crude.
She has neither brains nor beauty,
And at times she’s rather rude;
But she gratifies her owner
With a fresh egg now and then,
And no bird is more respected
Than the common barnyard hen.
Those of us who are not brainy
And lack beauty, wit, and charm
Should not heed our imperfections,
Nor review them with alarm;
We can win respect and honor,
And delight our fellow men
If we’re useful and obliging,
Like the common backyard hen.

Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, Wisconsin) Nov 21, 1930

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