The Bantam Cock by Rodney Wood

On Friday nights my parents retired
at nine and I stayed up till late to see
On The Braden Beat fronted by a square
jawed Canadian. One night Jake Thackray

played his guitar and sung about
his bantam cock thrusting his attention
on wild eyed hens, hysterical turkeys,
ducks, geese and a visiting migrant swan.

I was thirteen and saw the beautiful
Peter Cook with his extravagant grey hair
say “I gather that sex can be rather fun”
but what I remember most is Jake Thackray

playing his guitar and singing about
his bantam cock thrusting his attention
on wild eyed hens, hysterical turkeys,
ducks, geese and a visiting migrant swan.

It was 1966 and after
half an hour Jake was still singing
and my testicles completed their descent and I knew
it was just for me Jake Thackray was playing

and singing. Me with an erection
wanting to thrust it’s bulging attention
on wild eyed hens, hysterical turkeys,
ducks, geese and a visiting migrant swan
especially that visiting migrant swan.

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Rodney Wood is retired and lives in Farnborough. Currently holds the flag for the Woking Stanza and revising a novel, The Poet Assassin. His work has recently appeared in magazines such as Tears in the Fence, South, The Frogmore Papers, Message in a Bottle, The Lake and Stride.
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