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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "A Man is Known by the Company He Keeps" (without using the actual phrase). (01/31/08)
TITLE: Fowl Play
By Verna Cole Mitchell
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As she pecked out her place in the world.
What her mother observed in the henhouse
Got her temper and feathers unfurled.
She said, “Chelsea, watch out for those cluckers.
They will bring your good name to disgrace.
If you fly with such chicks in the future,
You will end up with egg on your face.
If you follow those biddies too closely,
They will lead you across the wrong road,
Where you’ll lie in the ditch without cover,
And you’ll reap the wild seeds that you sowed.
You must not fly the coop with those bad birds;
Their activities you must refuse,
Since we’re branded as birds of a feather,
By the kinds of companions we choose.
So before you become chicken salad,
Just remember how our name was made,
When the Lord used the crow of a rooster
To show Peter his Lord he'd betrayed.
It’s our part to scratch out our existence,
And be willing to do what it takes.
Though it’s true that we can’t soar like eagles,
Then, at least, we don’t crawl like the snakes.
Do not let yourself be chicken-hearted.
Do not squawk about what’s on your plate.
Don’t forget that the God of all nature
Is in charge of each creation’s fate.”
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