The chicken I bought last night,
Returned to life,
Laid the biggest egg in the world,
And was awarded the Nobel Prize.
The phenomenal egg
Was passed from hand to hand,
In a few weeks had gone all round the earth,
And round the sun
In 365 days.
The hen received who knows how much hard currency,
Assessed in buckets of grain
Which she couldn’t manage to eat
Because she was invited everywhere,
Gave lectures, granted interviews,
Very often reporters insisted
That I too should pose
And so, having served art
Throughout my life,
All of a sudden I’ve attained to fame
As a poultry breeder.
“Destiny” from The Biggest Egg in the World by Marin Sorescu. Published by Bloodaxe Books in 1987. Used by permission of Bloodaxe Books.
Source: The Biggest Egg in the World (Bloodaxe Books, 1987)