Poor Cow

Poor Cow 

on sore cloven feet
trawls fields
farms barns
lows along lanes
nine miles long
tows night
into dawn
finds her own calf
born days before
and torn
from her
huge mother’s milk



This poem was inspired by the true story of a heifer named Blackie, quoted by Mark Gold in his book Living Without Cruelty (Green Print, 1990). She escaped over a fence and made the long journey back to her calf from whom she had been separated at market.



















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