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In bleak January, as calving season approaches, we check cows during the night. It’s usually a quiet, clear, and cold walk through the cattle yard with a flashlight. Above earth’s shadow, the Milky Way spills stars across an expectant sky. The rib of crescent moon leans toward eye of Venus blinking down on contented mamas-to-be.

They chew, then sigh with heavy breath as ribs expand to carry spring’s developing calves to term. Gentle bovine eyes shine with pregnant reflection behind frosty eyelashes, longer than winter. Some stand by empty bunk, licked clean, while others fold knobby legs and wide hooves underneath them to rest, barrel-bodied, on bedding straw. They turn their heavy heads, nostrils flare to smell, as I pass by.

What do cows think about, meditating on their cud? I do believe that “in their dreams, they sleep with the moo-n.”


Quote from Mary Oliver’s Death at Wind River; link to dVerse prosery.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 14:48:55

    I love the humor in the end… the way you described the cows before that was so peaceful and pleasant.

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  2. merrildsmith
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 13:53:19

    So, I see above that you really do raise cows. I wondered because this is such a fond, sweet picture of them. Lovely writing.

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  3. sanaarizvi
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 13:29:23

    Woww! ❤️❤️ Such exquisite wordsmithing here, Lynn 😀 I love; “Gentle bovine eyes shine with pregnant reflection behind frosty eyelashes, longer than winter.” Mooooo 🥰

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  4. robtkistner
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 12:15:23

    You are the cow whisperer Lynn… 🙂 I like your perspective herein!

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  5. pvcann
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 10:20:44

    I love the humour midst the daily responsibilities. I raised cattle once upon a time, they are delightful in my view and the story resonates.

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  6. calmkate
    Sep 14, 2020 @ 22:14:49

    lol love your play on that last word Lynn … sounds like you do have cows?

    Reply

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