Purple Chickens!

Jakarta, IndonesiaYoung dyed chickens are offered for sale at a poultry market


‘Why purple chickens?’ we ask

as if yellow ones weren’t good enough

It’s all ridiculous, a bit of a farce

Surely yellow, fawn, even buff

have worked well for a million years,

why mess now with a bit of down

when, regardless, it will all end in tears

Given the chickens are rotisserie bound


Whatever their ultimate feather colour,

their meat on the plate will be white

It seems like a lot of unnecessary bother

and it certainly doesn’t look right.


It’s not as if their hue will save their lives,

even if they cross the road, they’ll still be dyed


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