My darling Chinese Silkie chicken Pompadour has been poorly for some days, so I am reposting her ballade to boost her chook spirits.

Hope you get well soon Pompi!

A younger Pompadour

Keep the theme tune of the Beverly Hillbillies in mind when you read my poem.

Illustration by Benedicte Delachanal (2009)

The Ballade of Pompadour and Blanca

Let me tell you about a chicken, her name is Pompadour
she is generously proportioned and is very much adored
for her pizzaz, oomph and rockstar chic
sumptuous plumage
grey and white, pompom on top
ubercool and suave.

She’s a Chinese Silkie chicken, with a lovely French name,
cooping well in Australia, with four sisters and her fame
from success as a superb singer on
Aussie’s Rock Chick
head full of feathers, fanciful ideas
and up to assorted tricks.

One day Pompi travelled, across the seas so far
to the United States of America, just because she was a star
befriending Blanca the hamster
hairstylist extraordinaire
over sized rat, petite style
bonding over coffee liqueur.

And now it must be noted, Blanca’s challenged bouffantly
her hamster hair is fine and flat, colour of insipid tea
tis true this bouffant-challenged rodent
is not much to observe
but heart of gold, manicured paws
make up for eau-de-hamster.

Blanca is sweet-hearted, with no sinister intent
she sees the best in all around, ignoring petty vents,
unlike the arrogant Pompadour
who insists things go her way
she listens most, a gracious host
ensuring a good day.

You may find these two an oddly matched pair of friends indeed
but isn’t that the way it is, opposites drawn by need
for something that the other gives
or complementary nature
and this is true, without a doubt
for Pompadour and Blanca.

The End

24 thoughts on “Get well soon Pompadour!

  1. hahaha – what a wonderfully wordy-played tale – ‘A Younger Pompadour’, ‘bouffant-challenged’ and ‘eau-de-hamster’ – LOL! πŸ˜€ Hope her bouffant perks up soon, Gabe

  2. May her feathers soon refluff & her cheep strengthen.
    One of our chooks is also under the weather – keeping a keen eye on her progress.
    All the best to your beautiful Pompadour.

  3. Have you tried a pick-me-up treat? Yeast tabs for dogs – maybe they would work for chickens too. I suggest 1/4 of a tab to try. Maybe… maybe not. Hope she’s better soon, Gabe.

    1. Alas that is an old photo – but her pompadour is still pretty pouffy – she is much thinner now (though her feathers disquise that fact quite well). Thanks squirrel (it is a Hollywood style indeedy πŸ˜‰ )

  4. Oh no. Nick will freak out when I tell him. I am praying she will be OK. She has a lot of fans out there who love her. Get well soon you beautiful littlle chookie xxxxx

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