White Flowers in Blue Trees

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

at twilight

filled with white blossoms

well if they are blossoms

don’t pick them

and extinguish their life of beauty

grabbing Nature

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

and admired

just as She is

for She is the perfect

creation of our Heavenly Father.

14 responses

  1. I can see the cow against the grass. Love the progression of the poem. Excellent piece. 🙂


    October 4, 2013 at 4:48 AM

  2. delightfully clever


    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

  3. 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

  4. Genie

    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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

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