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Castle Rock Haiku

Sentinel towers,
Battlements rise, keeping watch
Over cows and calves.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Animals, Cattle, Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Heifer Haiku

I had the good sense
To calve on a sunny day
Ahead of the snow

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2018 in Animals, Cattle, Poetry

 

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Little Boy Blue in Nebraska

or…the heifer’s in the corn stalks

A Little Boy Blue come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow the cow’s in the corn.
But where’s the boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under a haystack fast asleep.
Will you wake him? No, not I – for if I do, he’s sure to cry

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Animals, Cattle, Poetry

 

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In Like a Lamb

Hampshire ewes with her twin lambs

 

For us, rain, sleet, snow or shine, March always comes in like a lamb. We raise our own rams, Hampshire and Rambouillet, and the ewes start lambing March 1st. After the winter wait, the long months of lambs growing in the womb, we get to see these babies. With them lies our future. Their future, likewise, depends upon us. It is a long time between lambs on the ground and rams, dusted with iron oxide, jumping out of the horsetrailer to join the ewes, starting the cycle anew.

In the shed

Ladies in waiting, protected by guardian dog puppies

ewes and puppies

Oscar helping a lamb find a mom with a skin graft

Edgar and Oscar conferring

plenty of feed on hand

Oscar with his lambing crew, Tiarnan and Seamus

Babies in a box,
waiting for milk replacer,
or a new mama

Luis feeding a baby lamb

 

 

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Snow and Sage

 

 Sagebrush humped under
albino buffalo robes–
Waiting out winter.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Sandman

Sandman, climbing

 

The stony sandman

Eternally strives to climb,

Rain or snow or shine.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry

 

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Winter lilacs

Sunset

 

Lilac blooms will come

Lush, fragrant, heralding spring…

Now red with sunset.

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Nature and Wildlife, Poetry