Cow? [15 words or less poems]

Photo: Laura Purdie Salas
Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

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I took this picture in Scotland when I went in 2008, and I will be going there again soon! This time, though, I’ll pretty much be only in Edinburgh, not out in the highlands or islands, where I snapped this Highland cow/bull/?. It’s hard to get across how immense these creatures are. So. Calm. This image makes me think of:

1) Jack or any pet looking guilty
2) me, arriving at a school visit after driving through a blizzard
3) a velvet dress (that nose!)

And here’s my?first draft.

?

Highland Cow

Shaggy hair against biting winds
Bony horns to settle arguments
Velvet nose for nuzzling you

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)??

[Note: In March, I am mostly off the grid. So, please feel free to write, share, and comment, but I will not be able to take part, other than posting these posts. I’ll miss my 15 Words or Less friends–see you in April!]?

78 Responses

    1. Love the “massive Bessies” combination; and yes, I would not try to stare her down.

    1. Love the “massive Bessies” combination; and yes, I would not try to stare her down.

  1. this is a wonderful pic and I like your poem love the last line

    Fairy Tails

    one blue oak
    three been wishes
    jumping over a moon
    a farmer called me BINGO
    blue ribbon dreams mooo

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    1. this is a wonderful pic and I like your poem love the last line

      Fairy Tails

      one blue ox’s
      three been wishes
      jumping over a moon
      a farmer called me BINGO
      blue ribbon dreams mooo

      poem by Jessica Bigi

  2. this is a wonderful pic and I like your poem love the last line

    Fairy Tails

    one blue oak
    three been wishes
    jumping over a moon
    a farmer called me BINGO
    blue ribbon dreams mooo

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    1. this is a wonderful pic and I like your poem love the last line

      Fairy Tails

      one blue ox’s
      three been wishes
      jumping over a moon
      a farmer called me BINGO
      blue ribbon dreams mooo

      poem by Jessica Bigi

  3. I Knew Better

    Celebrated with
    my Irish neighbors,
    someone filed my horns -
    surprised I wasn’t shorn.

    Laura, hope you are having fun in Scotland/Ireland. Since I bear an Irish name, I decided it was okay to lay a bit o’ blame.

  4. I Knew Better

    Celebrated with
    my Irish neighbors,
    someone filed my horns -
    surprised I wasn’t shorn.

    Laura, hope you are having fun in Scotland/Ireland. Since I bear an Irish name, I decided it was okay to lay a bit o’ blame.

  5. First visit from college.
    Mom, caught unaware -
    “Son, is that you
    under all that hair?”

  6. First visit from college.
    Mom, caught unaware -
    “Son, is that you
    under all that hair?”

    1. Cute Kate. This is a great response for Ellie’s “son” to reply to his mom.

    1. Cute Kate. This is a great response for Ellie’s “son” to reply to his mom.

    1. Rooting for you over at Think, Kid, Think. You have presented some fantastic poems!

    1. Rooting for you over at Think, Kid, Think. You have presented some fantastic poems!

  7. I’m feeling blue.
    You would, too,
    if rain messed up
    your high-priced “do”.

    1. Great rhyme, and now all I can see is one of those plastic rain bonnets on our photo friend.

  8. I’m feeling blue.
    You would, too,
    if rain messed up
    your high-priced “do”.

    1. Great rhyme, and now all I can see is one of those plastic rain bonnets on our photo friend.

  9. Hidden Talent

    Bovine divine,
    Milk, cheese, butter,
    Yogurt, too
    In your disguise, who knew?

    1. It’s nice to be reminded of sources that provide things we take for granted. Good Job.

  10. Hidden Talent

    Bovine divine,
    Milk, cheese, butter,
    Yogurt, too
    In your disguise, who knew?

    1. It’s nice to be reminded of sources that provide things we take for granted. Good Job.

  11. Those Highland Cattle are pretty big, aren’t they, Laura? Several farms around here raise them, and you’re right — they’re quite large! Nice poem you crafted there…I also enjoyed Kate’s, which I read after I had written mine:

    A Scottish Thing

    I’m a sizable Scotsman -
    rugged & built -
    the lassies all faint
    when I’m wearin’ me kilt.

    - ? 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    (yes, I cheated with the ampersand…sorry!)

  12. Those Highland Cattle are pretty big, aren’t they, Laura? Several farms around here raise them, and you’re right — they’re quite large! Nice poem you crafted there…I also enjoyed Kate’s, which I read after I had written mine:

    A Scottish Thing

    I’m a sizable Scotsman -
    rugged & built -
    the lassies all faint
    when I’m wearin’ me kilt.

    - ? 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    (yes, I cheated with the ampersand…sorry!)

  13. TREND SETTER

    A Highland coat
    t’would suit my fancy,
    when I amble into
    the haberdashery!

    Ellen Vojnovic

  14. TREND SETTER

    A Highland coat
    t’would suit my fancy,
    when I amble into
    the haberdashery!

    Ellen Vojnovic

  15. My hair looks a mess
    Right now
    Just like this
    Highland cow

    Haircuts are overrated!

    Anne McKenna

  16. My hair looks a mess
    Right now
    Just like this
    Highland cow

    Haircuts are overrated!

    Anne McKenna

  17. My hair is a mess
    Right now
    Just like this
    Highland cow

    Haircuts are overrated !

    - Anne McKenna

  18. My hair is a mess
    Right now
    Just like this
    Highland cow

    Haircuts are overrated !

    - Anne McKenna

  19. PRAIRIE
    Sideways sprouted horns
    Amber tousled hair,
    Rose, olive colored peepers
    Stare at wheat?s shifting posture.

    © Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

  20. PRAIRIE
    Sideways sprouted horns
    Amber tousled hair,
    Rose, olive colored peepers
    Stare at wheat?s shifting posture.

    © Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

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