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What Makes the Book Better Than the Movie
Nancy K. Jentsch


I could have a chicken cam in the coop
†††††††††† to see who wakes the flock with the first clucks of dawn
†††††††††† to watch who nudges whom out of the nest box
†††††††††† to find out how a hen fights her way
††††††††††††††††††††††† to the highest point of the roost †
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† for the night.

But itís enough to hear the sounds of waking and imagine
†††††††††† the fluffing of feather frocks
†††††††††† the early morning chat
†††††††††† the strut from roost to nest box
†††††††††† the dreamy gaze as the egg is laid
†††††††††† the afternoon tea party †
†††††††††††††††††††††† with all the girls sharing tales †
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† of what they think I am up to.

From Authorized Visitors (Cherry Grove Collections, 2017).
Used here with permission.


Nancy K. Jentsch calls herself “a second-career poet,” having taught German and Spanish at Northern Kentucky University until 2020. She claims to now be “walking through life looking for just the right words, enjoying the thrill of the hunt and the mystery of the power of language.” Nancy's newest collection, Between the Rows, was released in 2022. Her work has appeared in various online and print journals and in several anthologies. Nancy says one of the best compliments she ever received was a friend’s comment about one of her poems: "I don't like poetry, but I like this." Learn more about Nancy, who lives in Camp Springs, Kentucky, at



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
I can see this scene. Great ending. And, congratulations, Jayne, on the 13th anniversary of YDP!
Posted 06/01/2022 03:20 PM
Oh, thats lovely! I love poetry & this is a perfect example of why ;)
Posted 06/01/2022 01:39 PM
Shoshauna Shy:
This is a perfect example of a title "doing the heavy lifting"! Kudos, Nancy, on a vividly moving poem ----
Posted 06/01/2022 12:24 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love this clever, humorous poem because it is so uplifting, musical and cinematic and a perfect example of personification. I cab see and hear the "hen party." It makes me joyful and happy.
Posted 06/01/2022 09:07 AM
Yes! The imagination in play. That's it! Thank you, Nancy.
Posted 06/01/2022 09:00 AM
Posted 06/01/2022 08:55 AM
Larry Schug:
Perfect title. Perfect ending. And perfect every word in between.
Posted 06/01/2022 08:32 AM

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