disappointment’s questions


cow pushes

hard, long


come along

to witness birth of calf

girls interested in kittens

already few weeks old

realize something wrong

in birth canal – nose, one hoof

show but never second foot

leg bent unnaturally

cannot push out


must pull



Unfortunately, this was our experience yesterday…linking quadrille to dVerse.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. purplepeninportland
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 22:20:52

    This is so sad, Lynn. Must be hard to explain to children.


  2. sanaarizvi
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 20:44:08

    Oh my 😦 I am so sorry, Lynn


  3. Waltermarks
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 20:24:12

    I much preferred when we raised feeder calves in the spring to bred heifers. There was always some calving problem to face. Pulling calves can be extremely disappointing, ugh! I feel your pain.


  4. kiwinana
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 20:16:05

    Sad to hear of the loss, just another day in a farmer’s life.
    Nice poetry telling a true story.


  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 19:49:43

    Oh, how sad. Life is so fragile.


  6. ghostmmnc
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 18:33:23

    So tragic, so sorry. 😦 Writing helps process the feelings that come.


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 17:48:27

    Sometimes the birth of one of my poems follows this scenario–that too can be painful to witness.


  8. paul scribbles
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 17:36:44

    A big lesson about nature and, whilst painful, a lesson that in the long run deepens our understanding of the mystery.


  9. Grace
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 17:32:47

    What a sad ending ~ Stillborn gives me the shivers ~ Good one Lynn ~


  10. Victoria Young
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 17:12:43

    so sad, sorry to hear!


  11. Singledust
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 16:51:24

    sad when this happens but a good life lesson for young people, nature in its beauty and sadness teaches much


  12. Adriana Citlali Ramírez
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 16:49:54

    Oh! A difficult moment –not easy to explain to kids. I like the structure that you use to tell this story in the poem.


  13. frankhubeny
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 16:46:50

    I hope the cow survived. Best wishes.


  14. whimsygizmo
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 16:20:33

    Oh, NO. I am so sorry. So sad for all.


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