Chicken joke: Alexander Pope

Pope, AlexanderToday’s chicken joke evokes a pair of couplets that might be worthy of Alexander Pope (1688-1744) on a bad day. (Christmas is, let us remember, the season of bad verse.)

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Pope: This coxcomb Cock, too tim’rous for true flight,
Flutters, now lands, now looks to left and right,
And, noting no Traffic (save yon venomous Toad),
Steps with a scaly Foot into the Road.

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