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I balanced once upon the back
of our purebred Gurnsey Cow,
and twenty seven chickens
the farmyard horse, a sow,
all gathered round to watch me strut,
do a cartwheel, show my stuff.
I spun upon her slippery ribs
and pranced up on her spine
then swung out on her twisted horns
did a back flip, (of a kind)
and landed by her feet with ease,
to stare into her placid eyes.

She didn’t seem to mind, you know,
her eyes showed not a care,
she mooed and with her lumpy tongue
licked my face, my hair,
until I hollered, “That enough,
don’t you know your tongue is rough?”

And so I kicked her in the rump
and locked her in a stall
until she learns some manners—

I can’t stand rude cows at all!

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A rollicking rhyme about a child’s playfulness with a cow.

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  • George Coombs
    George Coombsabout 4 years ago

    A lovely light and entertaining piece Blake; I enjoyed it

  • Must be a bit of wild child in you, or rude cow. :)

    – Blake Steele

  • CiaLundTorroll
    CiaLundTorrollabout 4 years ago

    This would make a delightful child’s book.
    So sweet – laced with giggles.

  • Where you laced with giggles then? Thanks Cynthia. Always good to get a touch of you.

    – Blake Steele

  • CiaLundTorroll
    CiaLundTorrollabout 4 years ago

    I certainly was and am!
    You are divine.

  • Only the divine love the divine. (I just connected a better page to the link to listen to a recording of this poem. You may like it if you have a tender place for holy cows. :) Sweetness to you.

    – Blake Steele

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrabout 4 years ago

    Magically enchanting tale, loved it.

  • So glad. Thanks Rhena!

    – Blake Steele

  • jeanni2010
    jeanni2010about 4 years ago

    lol this is wonderful !!!!

  • Thanks so much Jeanni… I won’t make any cow jokes here.

    – Blake Steele

  • AnniG
    AnniGabout 4 years ago

    LOL…Yes, I reckon you teach that divine licking bovine some manners…perhaps she thinks herself a dog?! Such a delightful, whimsical, thoroughly enjoyable read..gotta love it!

  • Beware of cow tongues, they can peel the skin off your face.

    – Blake Steele

  • AnniG
    AnniGabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for the heads-up, Blake…I’ll stay well out of licking distance…well, especially from the bovine kind, for sure! ;-)

  • From bovines is wise… but then. :)

    – Blake Steele

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenover 3 years ago

    I like this piece so much I decided to add a feature Banner:

    I represent only myself with this, no group

  • Thank you kindly MickeyDee.

    – Blake Steele

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenover 3 years ago

    Blake, no need to thank me, it’s richly deserved, I find this poem of yours thrilling and wonderful,
    Who’s this MickeyDee?

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