Cows

I should be in bed. I should be asleep. It's late and I have a busy day ahead of me tomorrow. But today I got the message I have been expecting; A has died. Maybe I shall give her full name later, but for tonight, just enjoy this poem by her, one I liked the moment she handed it to me to read sometime in the early 90s. My copy still has the creases where I folded it into eight.

 

I hope it gives you a flavour of her eye, of her humour.

Cows

you are like

punctuation in a field

your rounded backs

inverted commas

moving like a poem

each line

varying in length

sometimes

only two cows long

now you are together

one black fullstop

 

 

Bless you A. I am glad I knew you and that you were my friend.

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25 thoughts on “Cows

  1. How wonderful to know that her spirit touched you and will live on through your life. But it still hurts so much and leaves a hole in our lives.

  2. I’m so sorry, Isobel. Cherish the memories you have of your friend. She will live on in your heart through them. The poem is lovely.

    • Yes, that is a gift, and I am glad to bring her work to the attention of a slightly wider audience. If they keep being read, something of her remains alive.

  3. I love that poem. I’m so sorry to hear that your friend died on the same day that a great friend of mine died. I wasn’t expecting C to die so soon – her oncologist had just given her until Christmas – so I was very angry and upset but with the dawn of a beautiful morning this morning, I just felt glad that for her that the pain is over and she is at peace.

    • It’s wonderfully visual isn’t it? I am not sure about the inverted, but since reading it years ago, I have often seen distant black cows as commas.
      Sorry to hear about C, friends dying is never easy, and I suppose as we get older we have to experience it more and more, unless we are the ones who die. Not looking forward to my eighties…

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