Pretty Eggs

photograph, text and haiku by Kristen Lindquist

I received a dozen fresh eggs this morning from my friend Janet’s laying hens. She’s got a mixed flock, so the eggs are all different colors and shades: warm brown, porcelain white, pale blues. (Araucanas account for the blue ones, I’m told.) In the basket, they truly shine like the natural gems that they are. And the gold inside–well, you know you’ve got good eggs when you see those rich, gold yolks from free-range, happy, well-fed, organically raised chickens. This is truly prime bounty from a friend’s farm, for which I am very grateful.

Happy, still-laying
hens translate sunshine to yolks,
which we admire, eat.