October 7, 2005  


The Cows at Alpine Gate

Munch Oreos at night when no ones looking.
Grass-eaters for public image while we
enter work at daybreak, they open boxes
when the last SLAC car leaves at dusk,
pull two dark rounds apart to lick
white icing, absorbing their surroundings.

Its not widely known their lives began
as plain black cows. Over time,
they became what they ate. Now
their pale centers make us smile,
reminding those who pass
of after-school snacks,
tall glasses of cold milk.

Janice Dabney





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Last update Friday October 07, 2005 by Chip Dalby