White Flowers in Blue Trees
My husband pronounces this a cow
standing among greens
well if it is a cow
don’t eat him
he is a sacred cow
as we all are sacred
I see him standing among the brush triumphant
for no one has turned him into hamburger
I say they are blue trees
filled with white blossoms
well if they are blossoms
don’t pick them
and extinguish their life of beauty
as if She were our own
meant to serve us
when She is there to teach us
about the Great Being
benevolent with His gifts
such as blue cows
or blue trees with white flowers
as Nature whispers in our ears
as She manifests the gifts of the Great Being
and we boorishly
cut them down
and put them in vases
(if I am right and they are blue trees with white flowers)
where in a day or so they die
having given their lives
for the mundane, bourgeois folly
of decorating our homes
(if my husband is right and they are cows)
we boorishly eat them
despite the disgust of eating flesh
at the expense of deaths by extreme cruelty
a travesty of justice
crimes against Nature
when She is to be untouched
just as She is
for She is the perfect
creation of our Heavenly Father.
I can see the cow against the grass. Love the progression of the poem. Excellent piece. 🙂
October 4, 2013 at 4:48 AM
Thank you so much!
October 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM
October 4, 2013 at 6:18 AM
Thanks so much, Paul! We made it to Fall but it is rather warm here in NY. Hope NH is cooler. Have a good weekend!
October 4, 2013 at 6:36 AM
Blue cows? Blue trees?
Isn’t this the stuff of dreams?
I felt as though I were back on the farm
Clubbing a thistle with my boot, kicking a toadstool from it’s root, jumping fences, eating sandwiches in the hot gushing sunlight, and talking to popa as he leans in on a tired old fence post.
Thank you for an excellent poem!
October 6, 2013 at 7:50 AM
My first impression is that it’s a blue, ethereal elephant. Lovely piece, it leaves so much room for the imagination; and very life-afirming too.
October 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Thank you so much, Genie! I love your reaction– that you found it life-affirming from a person with very dark views of life.
October 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I love the flow, the clever, logical flow of this poem, which cascades beautifully to a definite, concluding crescendo. All the i’s dotted, all the t’s crossed. Just wonderful and a delight to read.
October 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Thank you so very much! Your comment is much valued.
October 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM
Ellen I absolutely love this! So dreamy, so beautiful, so thoughtful. A joy to read 🙂 I love the painting too 😀
October 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM
Thank you so much, Violet!! Much appreciated comment.
October 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Such beautiful words to accompany your work – many congratulations on the accomplishment of both.
With gratitude and great respect, Hariod.
June 26, 2014 at 6:12 PM
Thank you, you are so very kind. Much appreciated. Have a great weekend! Ellen
June 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM
You too Ellen. Hariod.
June 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM