Critter Clocks

He sat and pondered on his couch

engrossed by such a  day

the clock forgot to set itself

and the shadows ran astray


He’d sat enthralled much earlier

inside a chicken coop

grew feathers on his arms and legs

and hollered out a “whoop!”


No chicken soup tonight, he thought

those birds might yell at me

gingerly, of course they would,

but not a guarantee


The plumes were gone but there he sat

in room with critter clocks

Ben was clever, and Ben was glad

to live outside a box.


Painting by CD-W (1 of 3 in my Ben series)


daily word prompt: Gingerly

Published by

Carolyn Dennis-Willingham

Carolyn is the author of two published books – No Hill for a Stepper, 2001, and The Last Bordello, 2016. Her third novel, The Moonshine Thicket, is set in 1928 and is currently enduring a professional edit. When not on her laptop, she serves as a lap top for her grandchildren. She is a retired Early Childhood Specialist, a fitness boxer, artist, and a ball thrower for her ever-persistent mini Aussie. In addition to her blogging website,, you may find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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