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Birth Day

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We exited 101 at Janes Road

where the cow pasture is on your right,

several cars on the edge of the pasture,

the cow lying on her side, black-and-white

in the green grass and the bishop's lace.

 

Local people were watching, like tourists,

something resembling an extra-terrestrial

coming out of her body and baffled at the light.

 

It happens all of the time

to cows, dogs, elephants, and people,

but still it intrigues and puzzles us:

How can one being produce another one?

Where does the new one come from?

 

Yet maybe the greatest fascination it has for us

is that we perform this sleight-of-body trick

in common with so many, and such different,

animals: pangolins, raccoons, whales, guppies,

even some sharks. Maybe we fit into the world

more closely than we ever imagined.

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