To the Guinea Fowl


They seem always on a food‑hunting prowl,

as shown by this pair of guinea fowl.

We have no idea of their actual numbers;

but they arrived on our shores soon after Columbus.

Because of the guinea fowl’s loud harsh cry,

farmers use them to tell if a predator’s nigh.

These two are busily chowing down,

in a parking lot in Edgartown.

There’s a wide range of items on which they feed;

but they seem partial to insects and seed.

One fact to make an epicure’s heart quicken:

their cooked flavor is between turkey and chicken.