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Monday, May 8, 2017

Cow Prophets

It's Poetry Monday again!
My favourite day of the week!
Ha! I KNEW it was going to snow!
“Look to the cows,” said Dad, the wise,
“And you will come to realize,
That by their actions, you can tell,
The weather patterns, fair or fell.”

And so I watched, and so I saw
That he was right, my smart ol' Pa.
And he knew what he talked about,
If you're predicting rain. Or drought.

The cows, they crowd together tight
And you know cold will be the night.
They seek the shed and shelter warm
If rain or snow will be the norm.

Then turn their tail and duck their head,
When wind is shrieking round the shed.
But stand out grazing peacefully,
If sun and warmth are meant to be.

But just today, I got a scare,
From cows around me everywhere,
For when I stepped outside my door
And glanced towards the purple moor . . .

(Oops, Alberta's where I live, you see,
And so I meant the wide prairie.)
My cows weren't where they're s'posed to be,
They sat on branches. In the trees.

So now I have to figure out,
Just what they're telling me about.

Delores and Jenny are the other participants in Poetry Monday.
Skip over and see what they're up to today!

P.S. I know I've been largely in absentia these past few weeks. Battling illness and/or travelling. I'm afraid it will continue. (The travelling. Hopefully not the illness!) I'll check in when I can! :)

6 comments:

  1. lol..either you had a tornado in the night or those cows are predicting flood. Another good one Diane.

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  2. I like this! Could it be bad landing from jumping over the moon?

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  3. Prophets not profits - LOL!!

    And I'm chuckling over the comments so far :)

    Nicely done, Diane. I think you can make a poem out of ANYTHING; you just have a way with words.

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  4. I hope the illness does an Elvis.
    I suspect the cows were in hiding - so the flying pigs didn't spot them.

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  5. Cows in trees? Perhaps forewarning of a particularly deep snowfall?
    Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  6. Goodness ... cows in trees ... that is a mind boggling thought!

    I hope your travels continue safely and you feel better soon.

    All the best Jan

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