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Miracle Mike!

Mike the headless chicken
Mike the headless chicken

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Miracle Mike, The Headless Chicken
by Arba A. Gleen (© 1945)

I listened and heard the farmer say,
“We’ll have this fowl for lunch today.”
Thought I, “There won’t be nothin’ doin’
I just can’t see myself a’stewin’.”
But he took the axe and chopped off my head
Then threw me down and left me for dead.
There on the ground for a moment I lay
Then I arose and walked away!

Said farmer Lloyd to his kindly wife,
“That’s the strangest thing I’ve seen in my life.”
Said the kindly wife to her farmer man,
“I can’t put him in the frying pan–
A fowl that hates so much to die–
There must be some good reason why.
And since he wants so much to live
Every living chance to him we’ll give.”

Through my esophagus they feed me corn,
They give me drink and keep me warm.
I’m well and happy as can be.
I stand around for folks to see.
Although I haven’t got a head–
I’m better off than if I’m dead!

Photo Info

Location taken: Fruita, Colorado, USA

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  • 1945-09-10 Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.

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