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By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, April 15, 2011

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A man has nightmares about a childhood incident he'd rather much forget.

Every time I close my eyes, I see them.

You would think that I, a grown, successful lawyer, would not be scared of anyhing, but here you are wrong.  Very much so.

I am scared of fowl, in paticular chickens.  Roosters especially.  I can't stand them.  I see one, even in pictures or on television, and I about come unglued.  Same thing applies to whenever I hear a rooster crowing to greet the day.

I don't live on a farm: I live in a high rise penthouse smack dab in the middle of New York City where you don't see very many chickens (unless you go to China Town or one of the many ethnic neighborhoods here, which I avoid as much as possible), but I am terrified of roosters just the same.

I see their small, beady eyes, their bright red comb perched on top of their heads, their feathers, their skinny, ugly feet and legs, and (gasp!) their sharp, pointed beaks, and I about come unglued.  See, when I was a little boy, I'd gone to a county fair with my family, and while exploring the chicken barn, one of those roosters, a big, fat monster of a beast, managed to chase me and zap the hell out of my hand.

Guess I didn't know any better, but still, the incident spooked me.  To this day, chickens in general undo me, but roosters ae the worst.   

My wife knows about my rooster phobia, but not many others do except a few select friends.  I'd rather keep a lid on it; if people knew about my fear, I'd probably be laughed right out of New York City.  Yet the fear is very real to me, and I have been seeing a psychologist, trying to get a handle on it, but I really don't seem to be making any headway because I still have these godforsaken nightmares just about every night, and it's starting to drive me insane!

I wonder if I'm going crazy or just blowing things way out of proportion ... 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2011
So much for KFC. I guess he's not a poster child for, eat mor chikin. Patrick
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 4/16/2011
We all have our fears, some run deeper than others!!!
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/16/2011
Great tale, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/15/2011
Poor guy. That would do me in, too ... hope he doesn't like chicken! LOL Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/15/2011
I can relate. Along with numerous left behind dogs and cats, I helped round up a few old fighting roosters down on the Gulf Coast after Katrina. I never got bit or scratched by any of the cats and dogs, but one cranky old rooster got me good!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/15/2011
Karen I really enjoyed this Short story
What your Character needs, is to have someone mail several
D V D of my old favorite Cartoon character Leghorn Foghorn
that will bring him out of his sissy phobia with laughter
then he will be laughing along instead
thank you for sharing, New York has 8,000,000 stories,
this has been one of them
Love & Peace be with you


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