Being a Dairy Cow


By Carol L. Gloor

A very partial list of losses:
            white wine
            
orgasms
            
Tolstoy
            a new summer dress
           
 Pachelbel
            lighting candles
            laughing
            vacuuming
            picking peonies
            taking off clothes
            knowing you are dying
            crying
            swimming underwater
            riding a bike
            The Starry Night
            winding the clock
            raking leaves
            chocolate
            ballet
            funerals

A guess at some gains:
            gamboling while a calf
            steady hair
            sideways moving teeth
            walking in line every twilight
            lying in the dirty creek
            teat relief
            hardly any thoughts
            standing naked in rain
            licking your baby allover
            four legs
            a bigger head
            another stomach
            sleeping whenever
            hooves
            not knowing you are dying
            a tail
            lying down whenever
            same food everyday
            deeper eyes
            easier childbirth.

Choose


Carol Gloor's work appears most recently in the anthology In Transit, and in the print
journals 
East on Central and Habitat, and in the online journal Front Porch Review. She
has upcoming work in the print journals 
Crone Magazine and Kerf. Her poetry
chapbook 
Assisted Living was published in 2013.