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Meadow Standoff

by Melina Raven Maness Diebold

A cow, not grazing
guards her calf
It lays still
surrounded by bitterweed
and bitter air
Crows and vultures
swarm around
trying to peck
at the still calf
Her baby
with cinnamon fur
a newborn forever
and decays
And still
she watches
guarding her offspring
in vain
for it to walk
Softly mooing
to him
he'll never reply


Posted on 08/04/2002
Copyright © 2022 Melina Raven Maness Diebold

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