On the outside it looks oval,
brown in color, some speckles.

Inside the chicken
sits cross-legged               lotus posture
contemplating its navel.

I crack the egg
on the side of a blue-striped pottery bowl.

Legs akimbo the chicken slides
out of its shell                     blinks at me
in my kitchen’s fluorescent light.



Paula Ashley is a retired software engineer who earned her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Glendale, Arizona, with her husband and an abundance of birds that hang out on the solar fountains in their backyard. She is the winner of the Best Poem Contest for OASIS Journal 2013.

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