Alas poor Pompadour the wondrous Chinese Silkie chicken has passed to chook heaven.

In memoriam I will share a few highlights of her career in showbiz.

RIP Pompadour – You Rock!

Ten Chinese Silkie chickens took up residence in the Bryden household (Frog Lodge, Australia) on the 8th December 2008.

Five hens and five roosters. The roosters (unwanted in suburbia and expelled by Council regulations) found another home with a lovely couple with a  farm – two men with a soft spot for strays and the unwanted. The roosters were not for the pot and are probably still prancing around and waking up every living creature for miles around at the crack of dawn.

One of the five hens was Pompadour and my regular readers knew and loved her well.

A baby Pompadour

Here is a recap of the tale of the Chinese Silkie chook fan club (with Pompadour taking the lead – well she was the lead singer as a rock chick) that has members all around the globe ;).

‘The enigmatic Brisbane-based poet Paul Squires (of Gingatao and Puzzle Box infamy) started this chook veneration trend with his poemGabrielle Bryden listening to Oscar-Peterson’.

Then artist Benedicte Delachanel of the blog Carnet des dessins drew the most amazing pictures of my two finest hens – Pompadour (the silkie with the best pom pom) and Snowy (the pure white hen). Here is a copy of the lovely creation by this talented artist.

Fellow blogger and artist extraordinaire Aletha Kuschan was slightly distressed to discover that her hamsters were being treated with discrimination, possibly because they are bouffant challenged, and that no poetry was being written about the little munchkins. Her poetic response to Mr Squires is worthy of note:

I am so jealous. I know about the difference between Anne Sophie Mutter’s carefully choreographed swaying and Didier Lockwood’s exuberant playing! Can I help it that I have ten hamsters? Okay, the chickens are very fine chinoiserie, and hamsters are not so poetic, but I’m not asking for a sonnet or anything, but maybe just a couple of couplets in iambic pentameter?’

There was a happy ending to that stage of the story with Benedicte drawing the adorable hamsters and Aletha herself drawing a beautiful picture of Blanca (the hamster with the mostest) and wrote a limerick about the beautiful beasty.

But it didn’t end there. Alec Patric joined in the poetic and artistic roundabout:

‘Well, here’s another poem dedicated to your fabulous chickens Gabrielle.

A Clucky Muse
A.S. Patric

The kind of chicken
that only takes seed from my hand
runs sentences headless, bodiless into words
flutters into pecked poems, roosts in hen-house heads
flying just high enough for the majestic taste of flight’

Pompadour’s story was also highlighted in my psychological memoirs 😉 (Chook-Induced Anxiety CIA; and CIA the Sequel), the first of which was broadcast on local ABC radio (which reminds me, I better tell them the bad news).

Her sometimes aggressive (but understandable, given her outstanding pedigree) pecking order behaviour was highlighted in two youtube videos (6,000 hits and counting). Ridiculous really – I only got over 300 hits for my poetry reading on youtube – hahaha – outdone by a chicken!

Finally, the pompous Pompadour with the pom pom is having a children’s series written about her (and her mate Blanca – who sadly is also deceased) by moi and illustrated by Benedicte (what a spoilt chook).


Pompadour and Blanca: The Beauty Salon (Illustration by Benedicte Delachanal)

That’s a good life for a chicken 🙂 so we won’t be sad.

We’ll crack open the champagne to chicken fame and fortune.

Here’s to you Pomapadour.

30 thoughts on “Memorial for Pompadour the Rock Chick (RIP)

  1. Cheers, Pompadour – may you be immortalised in the words of Gabe and the art of Bénédicte, become a literary hero and RIP in Silkie Heaven

  2. So sorry to hear Pompadour is now in spirit. Could a chook ever have been more loved, feted & adored as part of your feathered family flock. Our thoughts & best wishes are with you all at this very sad time.x

    1. Thanks Jane – I hope your chook is on the mend. ps. Have you heard of City Chicks – they’re at The Gap and I get stuff online – just purchased some over the counter anti-biotics and pro-biotics (too late for Pompi but want to ensure the other four don’t come down with the same thing).

      1. I have heard of City Chicks & I believe they are doing a fabulous business. There is another chook place near by called “Heritage Chickens ” which apparently is very good & they have every type of chicken known to man. I have Jackie French’s “Chook Book” which I find immensely helpful. Chookies quite like eating garlic which is a good anti – bacterial support. All the best with the rest of your flock.x

    1. Thanks Ben 🙂 Yes, it is more than the art and stories – it was the beginning of a number of blog friendships. Paul’s post led me to Aletha and Aletha led me to you – haha – it was like a letter of introduction.

  3. i am sorry to learn about pompadour – she was a most beloved creature, and i am sure losing her is no small thing but i am glad that you are focusing on her amazing accomplishments – she actually is famous worldwide, so yes, she had a good life and
    that says it all, but it’s always hard to lose a friend, still i am certain she was a blessing and we dont always get to keep those, they have to go back from whence they came – hugs xxx

  4. Oh no. This is such sad news. I can’t type for crying. I really loved Pompy even though I never met her – she was so sweet and jolly. And fancy. What a special little one who could touch all the hearts she did. I am so sorry, Gabe. Farewell, beautiful Pompy. I will miss you ♥

    1. She was one of a kind Selma – a real fancy pants (or pantaloons). Squires thought the silkies were incredibly funny looking and asked ‘are they incredibly vain in an 18th Century French aristocrat type way?’ – hahaha – well yes, I think they are 🙂

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