A. K. Ramanujan

(16 March 1929 - 13 July 1993 / Mysore / India)

The Black Hen


It must come as leaves
to a tree
or not at all

yet it comes sometimes
as the black hen
with the red round eye

on the embroidery
stitch by stitch
dropped and found again

and when it's all there
the black hen stares
with its round red eye

and you're afraid.

Submitted: Saturday, June 16, 2012

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