calving season begins!


Hello, world, my name is “Shadow”


It’s Monday morning and our skittish range heifers cautiously approach wooden feed bunk. Breakfast is a generous helping of fragrant silage and a bit of cow mix mineral supplements.  The farmer counts, re-counts furry heads and realizes one is missing.

He discovers her in the back of open cattle shed…with her newborn calf, first of the season!  Little black bull is healthy and already standing.  Our son carries him to shelter in the barn.  We soon coax mama into stall where they can nuzzle and nurse.


calf eyes wide to world

fresh cow licks her baby clean

new life birthed in spring



Linking this spring haibun to dVerse Poets pub where Frank hosts today…

20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Feb 10, 2020 @ 14:39:30

    Having grown up on a farm this surely resounds with me. I was reprimanded at work for saying an engineer was always having to lick his calf twice. The manager thought it was a sexual reference. So I educated the city boy as to why a cow licks her calf twice. Sometimes it is all about context!


    • lynn__
      Feb 11, 2020 @ 10:11:53

      For sure! Our culture is growing farther away from its rural roots…sometimes we need to educate people. I was a city slicker once 🙂


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 14:27:26

    I would love to be in the company of such a cute harbinger of spring.


  3. Sherry Marr
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 12:27:43

    Oh my goodness, what a glorious start to the day – a beautiful black baby calf.You are so lucky to live with creatures. I miss my sister’s farm, and horses, in my apartment building where only humans are allowed.


  4. Gina
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 06:20:16

    such a joyful haibun! the first of the season, so much more to rejoice from here on


  5. Jane Dougherty
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 06:10:12

    It makes a pleasant change to hear of a cow being able to keep her calf. It’s the exception rather than the rule these days.


  6. kim881
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 02:08:11

    I love this haibun, Lynn! Spring is the best time of the year on a farm. I’m on the look-out for the first spring lambs – there are so many sheep in the fields around here.


  7. Frank J. Tassone
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 18:50:04

    A tender Spring moment, indeed! Bravo!


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