Lessons from Henny Penny
You get out what you put in.
I remember as a young man hearing the story of Henny Penny who planted wheat to grow seeds to make bread for her family. Every time she wanted help the other animals were too busy to help. However, when the bread had been baked all the animals wanted to have some but Henny Penny didn’t give them any bread because they hadn’t helped.
I wrote this poem to expand on the lessons of Henny Penny.
Henny Penny planted seeds but no one would assist
They said it is a good idea so Henny did persist
The seeds they grew to wheat and trees, rye and barley too.
Henny Penny planted these and ate the berries blue
The others smelled the cooking bread and gathered round in lust
Give us some you selfish hen the farmer gives us dust
I only have enough to feed the ones that I can trust
I made enough for all that helped to harvest sow and crush
You saw me plant and carry water, working in the hot
You could have helped, we would have enough for all but now we’ve not
Myself I need the energy to plant a row of seeds
Here have some crumbs. It’s all you get. What lazy people need.
Henny built a humble home for all her family
Her door was always open to visitors for feeds
The selfish ones watched from afar with envy lust and pride
Coveting the simple things like Henny’s hot fruit pies
Henny would be nice to you when you’re not a selfish jerk
Hot fruit pies and fresh baked bread for those that do the work
A rattle snake came along and offered her some money
She laughed said to go away. I can’t eat that it’s funny
You want a piece of glory of God’s delicious bread
Now you offer gold and coins when I wanted help instead
You can use the money to buy some new fruit trees
Or you could help and climb that one and pick the seeds for free
The Earth provides us everything in abundance and in joy
The fruits of all my labour are for my children to enjoy
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