Baby Cow: Poem

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Stiff.

A baby cow.

A dead baby cow.

Legs straight.

Tongue lolling lifelessly.


“It ate the cord.”

She said,

my mom’s friend.

Mom brought me there to play.

And I wasn’t scared.


“It ate the cord.”

This explained everything

as I played in the backyard

with children I’d never seen.

With children I’d never see.


Not thinking about the tongue.

The straight legs.

The dead baby cow.

The baby cow.

Stiff.






All rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price Sept 2011

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Andrea. I'm not sure what it is about this poem, but it does stick in my mind too.


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Andrea333 5 years ago

one of my all time favorites of yours PDX!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ya, it has. if this actually happened, I couldn't have been older then five. Yet, I don't remember being scared...


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

How sad and scary for a young child to see something like this and if maybe they have not been around the farm. I would think that picture has remained for a long time..


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lucky Cats, you are probably right. I would definitely call it a haunting experience. Thanks for the read!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

How sad, PDXKarokeGuy...I believe you probably did experience this in one of those strange childhood passing situations that don't repeat and so, the memory is often lost...until something stimulates it for some reason...and the images, feelings, thoughts come back and you piece them all together as best as you can and come up with this recollection. I relate to your gauzy memory of an unhappy thing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for stopping by, Vinaya. I k ow I saw tis, too. Just not sure if I saw it with my eyes or in a dream or skewed memory.


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I grew up in a city but as an adult I spend most of my time in a farm. I can feel this because I have seen this.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I think so too, Naomi. Made even more so by the fact that I'm not sure if this is a real memory or a dream. Thanks for stopping by!


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

Haunting.

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