By Lisa Huddleston
It was weeks before Christmas
And all through the land,
Pandemic was raging
And little was grand.
But here on HudFarm
The goats and the ducks
The chickens and donkeys
Did not give a buck.
They had all the hay
That they wanted to eat,
And Doodaddy came every morning
The great grandmas were saddened
Because of the change,
But we all did our best to
Make things feel the same.
The fifth generation who’d built on the land
that had been in the family for centuries of days
Were doing their all to stay safe and not stray.
But LiLi was having a terrible struggle
To fill all their stockings
With bangles and baubles!
One day she declared, “I’ve had just enough.
I’m hitting the road. This pandemic’s too tough.”
She packed up a bag, threw it over her shoulder,
Stuffed in a scarf cause the day had turned colder.
Then head down the road she did in a hurry
With a huff and a puff and a gravel dust flurry.
When little than yonder from home she arrived
She noticed a funny scritch scratch at her sides.
Turning her head to the left and the right
She gasped to see chickens had join in her flight.
“Now what will I do?” LiLi questioned herself.
“I’d meant to be solo, but this is a mess.
I guess chickens can fend pretty well for themselves.”
And down the back roads LiLi fled from the rest.
“Now what?” LiLi flustered as to her surprise
Two donkeys appeared with their big loving eyes.
“It’s Essie and Latte. Now what will I do?”
But LiLi was stubborn and picked up her shoes.
“Oh my!” LiLi cried when along came the goats.
Blaise first, Bert, then Ernie, and Lil Buddy, the poke.
She knew that they loved her, and that she loved them.
But how could she lead this whole mess from their pens!
Then off in the distance there came a sweet cry.
“It’s Quinnie,” she said. “There’s no way I can fly!”
Now turning around wasn’t easy to do with 12 chickens,
2 donkeys, 4 goats—quite a zoo.
But it was the right thing. She knew all along.
And here came 2 cats and 3 dogs to prove she’d been wrong.
So back to the farmhouse, sweet smells, and bright lights.
Merry Covid Christmas to all and to all a good night.