How to Throw a Baby Chicken

First pick one out.
Get a fat one, they fly better.

Then put its head in the palm of your hand,
and close your hand into a fist.

You'll hear some cracking,
but it will be over in a second.

Then when it's shaped like a ball, wind up.
You've got to wind up.

Then you throw it,
as far as you can.

We were young.
That's the first thing you have to understand.





Pfefferle, W.T. “How to Throw a Baby Chicken.” Mississippi Review 15:3 (Spring/Summer 1987): 59-65.