Cow on a Flatbed? [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. 

On my way to a drum corps show a couple of weeks ago, we passed by this interesting object on the highway. Yep, that’s a giant cow butt. I don’t know where this huge heifer was headed, but we got the worse end of the view!

Photo: Laura P. Salas


This image makes me think of several things:

  1. toys coming to life
  2. roadside attractions (we have many of them here in Minnesota–giant Paul Bunyans and such)
  3. when your dog does something wrong and tries to guiltily hide in something much too small to cover him!

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.)







33 Responses

  1. ha! Well, you don’t see a cow butt of this magnitude every day…that’s for sure.

    Rump roast hot
    Rump roast cold
    Rump roast on a flat bed
    cruising’ the road

    1. Hahaha–that’s going to be stuck in my head all day. (I found myself leaving out either “rump” or “roast” in the third line as I repeated the ditty, just to make it roll along more smoothly.)

  2. Ha! Loved your poem! Here’s another about a lazy cow.

    Contrary Cow

    Would have walked,
    but Daisy balked.
    Had to roll her-
    cattle stroller!

    1. Hehe–love the title too. No way to NOT read a poem after I read that title:>)

  3. Such a cute verse Laura. As August arrives, my thoughts turn to State Fairs.

    A Sculptor’s Lament

    Mascot needed
    was provided
    errors made
    clay dried
    clay anew
    cow grew
    two-ton ride.

  4. LOL! Love your hitchhiker take!! Taking a quick break from researching storage units…

    Putting the Cart Before the Cow

    Look behind,
    the trailer’s full!
    Bull’s improvement
    on an oxen pull.

    by Donna JT Smith, 7/25/2019

    1. p.s. Laura I’m getting this indecipherable (to me) notice on your page:
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  5. Loved your hitchhiking take!!

    Putting the Cart Before the Cow

    Look behind -
    The trailer’s full…
    Bull’s improvement
    On an oxen pull.

    by Donna JT Smith, 7/25/2019

    1. Sorry for double-posting. It wouldn’t go the first time and I couldn’t even see the page. Just randomly tried again…ad it worked! Twice!
      You know how the oxen pull weight at the fair…this is the opposite. Something is pulling him. A role reversal of sorts.

  6. Laura, I too received the “warning” as Buffy described it. I didn’t let it stop me either, but it’s comforting to know that someone else saw it. 😉

  7. Your picture reminded me of my oddest cow experience:

    Like factory workers,
    they lumbered up to the barn,
    swollen utters swinging
    like lunch pails.

    1. Oh, what a visual! I remember visiting a dairy farm and being somewhat horrified by the milking machines. The whole thing was rather grotesque.

  8. poem By Jessica Bigi

    not ever
    did I see
    lagooooo cows
    down the highway
    Just the though
    laughed so
    that I cried

  9. poem By Jessica Bigi

    My State Far Coloring Book

    imagined Pull Bunion’s ox’s
    traveling Minnesota’s
    rods to the stat far
    as I color out
    side the lines

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