The Fable of the Ducks and Hens
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The Fable of the Ducks and Hens
By George Lincoln RockwellMany, many years ago,When animals could speak.wondrous thing the ducks befell,Their tale is quite unique.***Down by a pond dwelt all these ducks,Ten thousand at the least.Their duckish joys were undisturbedBy any man or any beast.***One day down near the entrance gate,There was an awful din.A hundred hens all out of breathWere begging to come in.
***“Oh let us in!” these poor birds cried,Before we do expire!”“Tis only by the merest inchThat we escaped the fire!”***Their feathers burned, their combs a droop,They were the saddest sight.They’d run a hundred miles or more,all day and then all night.***“Come, come in!” the ducks all quacked,for you our hearts do bleed!We’ll share our happy lot with you,Just tell us what you need!”***And so these poor bedraggled hensAmongst the ducks moved in.For, after all, the ducks declared,“We’re sisters ‘neath the skin.”***Before too many months had passed,The hens were good as new.They sent for all their rooster friends,And these were welcomed too.***To please their host, these chickens triedTo waddle and to quack.To simulate the duckish waysThey quickly learned the knack.***This pleased the flock of ducks becauseIt gratified their pride.….But hear my tale and learn how theyGot taken for a ride.***The ducks, it seemed, spent all their timeIn fixing up their place,In growing food and building homesAnd cleaning every space.***They asked the hens what they would doTo earn their daily bread.“We’ll teach and write and entertain,And buy and sell,” they said.***And so these hens began to teachThe baby ducks and chicks.They traded food and eggs and things,With many clever tricks.***They wrote great books & put on shows,Of genius they’d no lack.It wasn’t long till chickens ownedThe Duckville Daily Quack.***One day a mother duck who tookHer ducklings to the lake,Was flabbergasted when one said,“A swim I will not take!”***“Why ducklings always swim!” she gasped,“It’s what you’re built to do!Like bunnies hop, and crickets chirp,And cows most always moo!”***“Your just old fashioned, a fuddy duck,That stuff is all old hat!”“It’s wrong for birds to swim; …besides,It’s too cold on my little pratt!”***“Oh fie!” the mother duck exclaimed,“You’re talking like a fool!”Up quacked the other ducks and said,“He’s right! Ms. Hen taught us that in school!”***“Such things must stop!” the mother cried,“Those hens can’t teach such lies!”“For sheer ingratitude and nerve,I’m sure this takes the prize!”***….But she was wrong, for even thenThe hens did thump the tub.Demanding they be let into,The Duckville Swimming Club.***“But you don’t swim!” the ducks all cried,To join, why should you care?”“That’s not the point!” the hens replied,“To exclude us isn’t fair!”***The younger ducks, who’d been to school,Agreed right there and then,“To keep them out is bigotry!”“T’would just be ANTI-HEN…!”***Outnumbered by the younger ducks,The old ducks soon did loose;They agreed to let the hens all in,If they would pay the dues.***That night the Duckville Daily QuackContained this banner spread:“Reactionary Ducks Are Licked!DUCKVILLE MOVES AHEAD
***Down at the Duckville Gaiety,The younger set laughed with glee,At cracks about “Old Fuddy’ Ducks”In burlesque repartee.
***Next day the hens were at the club,A petition they’d sent around.They objected to the swimming fundWith fury and with sound.***“You use our dues to fix the pond,to keep it neat and trim.”“And this is wrong,” they said, “BecauseYou know we do not swim!”***“God help us!” cried a wise old duck,“These chickens have gone mad!”“We’ll take this to the court, by George,And justice will be had!”***But when they went up to the judge,Imagine their dismay!A CHICKEN-JUDGE decreed that theyHad a heavy fine to pay!***“Minorities must have their rights!”The judge declared right then.“To use hen’s dues to fix the pondIs very ANTI-HEN…!”***Once more the Duckville Daily QuackEmblazoned across the page:“Old Foggy Ducks Refuse to SeeThe Great New Coming Age!”***In Duckville church on Sunday morn,The preacher spoke these words,“Discrimination’s got to stop!Remember we’re all birds!”***The wisest duck in all the townSat down in black despair.“I’ll write a book,” he thought, and then“This madness I will bare!”***“Let Swimmers Swim, let Hoppers Hop,Let Each One Go His Way.Let No One Coerce a Fellow Bird!”Was what he had to say.***“Twas wrong to force the hens to swimSo here’s the problem’s crux;It’s just as bad for hens to tryTo chicken-ize our ducks!”***“I can’t print that,” the printer said,“Twill put me in a mess!”“My shop is mortgaged to the hens,The chickens own my press!”***This worried duck then tried to warnHis friends by speech and pen.Young ducks fresh from school just jeered“He’s one of those a vicious Anti-Hens…!”***Now up the stream a little wayWas Gooseville, on the lake.The hens had come to Gooseville too,But the Geese were more awake.***When the hens began to spoil the youngAnd Gooseville’s laws to flout,The Geese Rose Up in Righteous WrathAnd Simply Threw Them Out…!!!***Of course, you know where they all ran;On Duckville they converged.“We’ve got to take these refugees.”Was all Duckville’s hens had urged.***The Duckville Daily Quack declared:“These Geese Will Stop at Naught!“They Plan to Conquer all the World!”“Atrocities They’ve Wrought!”***“That’s right!” the young ducks agreed,“We’ll help our fellow birds!These Geese have plans to conquer us!….We’ve read the Quack’s own words!”***They let the hens from Gooseville in,The whole bedraggled pack.…. And every hen took up a jobon the Duckville Daily Quack!!***When the Duckville mayor’s term was up,The Quack put up it’s Duck;A vain and stupid duck was he,A veritable … cluck!***But when he praised the wild young ducks,And cursed the evil Geese,The Quack declared he was “all wise,”His praise would never cease.***The hens chipped in to help this cluckGive grain away for free.The old ducks sadly shook their heads,The writing they could see.***And sure enough, this stupid duck,He was elected mayor.From this point on, The Duckville ducks,They never had a prayer.***The Mayor said, “Gooseville must GO!”“We’ll wipe them off the map!”While Duckville slept, the scheming hensFor Gooseville set the trap.***They called the Geese by filthy names;They filled their pond with sticks.They helped the weasels catch the Geese,and other hennish tricks.***The Geese got mad and threw the sticks,“It’s WAR!” the Quack announced.“We ducks must Fight those evil Geese,“Till they’ve been soundly trounced!”***The ducks (who knew not of the tricksIndulged in by the mayor),Were filled with patriotic zeal,And pitched right in for fair!***So when the ducks whipped the Geese,The Mayor called “Retreat!!”“Our HENVILLE friends should really takeGooseville’s big main street!”***The hens were back in Gooseville now;They starved and beat the Geese.They prayed for “Peace” — but organizedThe “HENVILLE ARMED POLICE!!!”
***They drained the Geese’s swimming pond,They “De-Goose-ified” their schools;They wrung the Gooseville mayor’s neckOn lately made-up rules.***They formed a council of the hens;“UNITED BIRDS” the name.The other birds who joined the thingDid not perceive the game.***No sooner had they set this up,Than they announced their hennish plan:To seize up Swanville as a homeFor all their hennish clan.***They took a vote among the hens,And everyone approved!“Swanville was for HENS!” they said,“Way back, before we moved,”***And so they kicked the swans all out,With Duckville’s help and powerAnd Duckville couldn’t understandWhy swans, on them turned sour.***By this time, Duckville was a mess,The young ducks had all gone mad.They stole and laughed at Truth and Law;They went completely “bad.”***The hens were selling Loco Weedin every nasty den.But ducks who dared to mention this,Were labeled “ANTI-HEN…!”***The hens all preached of “Tolerance,”They invoked the “Golden Rule,”But they subsidized the indigent,The greedy and the fool.***At last the very dumbest ducksBegan to smell a rat.“This mayor is no good!” they cried,“And we will soon fix that!”***But the hens had planned for even thisA candidate they had,Whom even wise old ducks believedJust never could be bad.***This Hen-tool duck whipped the Geese,A soldier Duck was he.Although the hens had set him up,The Ducks all thought him free.***This Hen-tool got elected,Through ignorance and greed,Through hennish lies in Press & Speech,Through Bribes of “Chicken Feed.”***The hens now kicked the ducks aroundWithout a blush of shame,Until the mayor ran the townIn nothing else but name.***They pumped the Duck’s pond all dry;They taught the ducks to crow,While duckish numbers dwindled,The hens began to grow.***The hens stirred up the happy crows> From out of the piney wood,To Fight to Mix and Marry ducksin the name of “Brotherhood.”***Things got so bad that fifty ducks,Who knew the days gone by;Took up their wives and childrenAnd decided that they’d fly.***They flew through storms and tempest;They froze, and many died.But on they drove, until, at last,A lovely lake they spied.***They settle down exhausted,But soon went straight to work;To build and clear and cultivate,No danger did they shirk.***Now after many years of toil,This little band had grown.The fields around were full of grainFrom seeds that they had sown.***The first ducks were long since dead;Their struggles long had ceased.Through hard work and suffering,Their joys had been increased.***One day down near the entrance gateThere was an awful din;A hundred hens, all out of breath,Were begging to come in.***“Oh, let us in!” these poor birds cried,“Before we do expire!”“Tis only by the merest inch….”“… … … …”***….This epic really has no end,Because No matter how you fight em,Those HENS’ll show up every time.And so, …Ad Infinitum …!!!GLR