Poem of The Week | The Particular Bearing of Cows’ Tails – Chris Connolly
The Particular Bearing of Cows’ Tails
(Pour Pierre et Nic)
by Chris Connolly
The rain (I am sorry to bring it up)
falls like shivers down spines
kamikaze attackers against rattling glass.
It will be the opening topic of conversation
as always ––
an ever-strengthened relic
of agricultural concerns
from last-century days
when weather was mysterious
and most were farmers
and farmers relied on things like
the particular bearing of cows’ tails
for forecasts of
or storm or drought.
The ritual persists though
even with weather channels and
as if we didn’t know
the weather, rain or shine,
like bread at a restaurant
or a handshake
or the tiny little nod
to a person you pass
you can’t be quite sure–– but you think you might know.
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