Cow [15 Words or Less]

Hello, and welcome! This is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here. 

I’m still off the grid, so once again, I will not be able to comment. I’m hoping you guys will take it and run with it! I hope to be back online next week:>)

This photo was taken by my overseas daughter when a cow walked through a field where she and some friends were picknicking.

Photo: MC Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. the saying, “like a bull in a china shop”
  2. I wonder if the inventor of the fly swatter got the idea from cows’ and/or horses’ tails
  3. cows have a picnic every day!

And here’s my first draft.



It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







35 Responses

  1. Roving, mowing
    Meandering far
    The grass is greener
    Wherever we are

    1. Very cute rhyme. I like the idea that the grass is greener where we ARE. Nice!


    My name is Rosebud.
    I’m where I belong,
    chewing my cud
    and mooving along.

    1. Rosebud is a cute name for this cow. We both used the word mooving. Word play is fun!

    2. Cindy, Rosebud is it. The only name for a cow I could think of is Elsie and it just didn’t work!!!!

  3. Across the street from one of my schools is a cow pasture. I want to be romantic about it, take pictures, enjoy the serene scene, but the stench…

    Cow Picnic

    With the sun Blazing–
    Cows mooove
    Cows moo
    Cows mow
    the lawn.

    –Margaret Simon

    1. Oh, yes, neither one of us could resist the opportunity to moove! I like the rhyme and the alliteration!

    2. I grew up in cow country… and never was mollified by the “fresh country air” comments from the farmers. But, I am glad for all the milk I get to drink & use.
      Mowing the lawn is perfect as an ending.

    3. love your title and the way your words sound all the moo’s

  4. What a fun photo! It definitely brings out the play. Woot! Love that word, “snick”. And, yes.….slick trick slapping flies like that.

    I’m feeling silly today:

    West waltzing cows
    waltz wantonly
    and the wine
    of dew laden

    1. I wouldn’t call your poem silly Linda. Rather romantic poetry, relaxation, all’s right with the world.

  5. That’s one cool cow. Laura I love your fly swatter tail.

    Inside this hide
    I hide
    Waiting to break free
    I’ve got the moosic
    In me!

    1. Jean, perfect play on words, expecially “moosic.” All of the “moos” have been fun.

  6. Love the connection with the fly swatter Laura. Like Linda, I too feel silly with this fun pic.

    My Doppelganger

    Brown spots
    white hair
    wrinkles compare
    that bovine
    is a twin of mine.

  7. Laure very nine pic I love your fly swatter tail

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    The Country Far

    Dad careless
    About cruelly fries
    Tripped scoop ice-cream
    Dad’s favorite bluebells
    With red ribbons

    1. Your poem makes me want to go to a fair and eat curly fries and ice cream. Love the details.

  8. I am extremely short on time today, but want to say I have enjoyed all the poems and comments including Laura’s tail/tale. Here’s mine:

    On dainty legs
    and tiny hooves
    my curvy body
    really moves.

    1. love how your words almost draw a pitcher as you read them

    1. Love your opening. I usually think of cows as soft, but your poem gives them strength. Nice.

  9. Laura, love your poem! Hope you are taking in some lovely R & R. I read your post on your activities for the last month and … Wow!


    cows in paradise

    can’t chase

    but their tail
    aims, slaps,
    and zaps the target!

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