You, Me, and All of the Above

Carl the Guinea Hen

Kristin Lems
Kristin Lems


Perhaps Carl (Karl) is the most famous guinea fowl ever since he has been written up twice in the Chicago Tribune, here and here.  Carl “free ranged” in our neighborhood for 5 months, until his fans deemed it necessary to get him to a more appropriate home, and I wrote a song about him.  When the neighborhood kids that had lived next to Carl's tree sang on the chorus, it became even more special! 



1. A neighbor ran in the park each day

Part of his workout for parkour play

What a surprise he found last May -

It was Carl the guinea hen!


2. It was easy to catch him in a towel

Carl was one bedraggled fowl

He nursed him to health, soon we all gave a howl seeing

Carl the guinea hen!



Carl the guinea hen

Lived on our street without a pen

Perhaps one day we’ll see him again

Carl the guinea hen!


3. Like a turkey breast with a scrawny neck

Two red wattles his beak bedecked 

His two-toned call was loud as heck 

Carl the guinea hen


4. Some neighbors loved him and some did not

The city was called but he never was caught

Carl stopped traffic on the spot

That odd-looking guinea hen.


5. Now fair was the fowl when the weather was fair

But soon coyotes were lurking there

And a hawk watched Carl from a nearby lair

To make a meal of that guinea hen!


6. So Carl’s protectors hatched a plot

Let Carl die? No, they would not

Bought a chicken cage, found a quiet spot

And caught that guinea hen!


7. They drove downstate to a welcoming farm

Just one time held him in their arms, now he’s

Pecking in the yard and safe from harm

Carl the guinea hen!


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