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knightofalbion
04-18-2009, 03:22 AM
The Bull Calf
by
Henry Bailey Stevens

Well, sonny! Come along
Swinging your little tail
This is the price you have to pay
For being born a male

Moo, moo old cow
And start a hunger strike
Lots of us have to do
Things that we don't like

Lots of us have to suffer
Don't let it spoil your meal
This is the price you have to pay
Somebody wants some veal

Don't take it too hard old cow
I'm sorry you've got so wild
But somebody's got an appetite
And wants to eat your child.

DogMom
04-20-2009, 05:23 PM
:lol: :lol: :roll: :lol: :lol:

That's awful! (but I am laughing)

Leena
04-21-2009, 01:49 AM
Oh yes - when ever we go out to eat my hubby knows better than to eat any animal child... I give him "the look" if he even thinks it.

Leena

aaggatsha55
07-31-2010, 02:28 AM
The Bull Calf
The thing could barely stand. Yet taken
from his mother and the barn smells
he still impressed with his pride,
with the promise of sovereignity in the way
his head moved to take us in.
The fierce sunlight tugging the maize from the ground
liked at his shapely flanks.
He was too young for all that pride.
I thought of the deposed Richard II.

"No money in bull calves," Freeman had said.
The visiting clergyman rubbed the nostrils
now snuffing pathetically at the windless day.
"A pity," he sighed.
My gaze slipped off his hat toward the empty sky
that circled over the black knot of men,
over us and the calf waiting for the first blow.

Struck,
the bull calf drew in his thin forelegs
as if gathering strength for a mad rush…
tottered…raised his darkening eyes to us,
and I saw we were at the far end
of his frightened look, growing smaller and smaller
till we were only the ponderous mallet
that flicked his bleeding ear
and pushed him over on his side, stiffly,
like a block of wood.

Below the hill's crest
the river snuffled on the improvised beach.
We dug a deep pit and threw the dead calf into it.
It made a wet sound, a sepulchral gurgle,
as the warm sides bulged and flattened.
Settled, the bull calf lay as if asleep,
one foreleg over the other,
bereft of pride and so beautiful now,
without movement, perfectly still in the cool pit,
I turned away and wept.

by - Irving Layton


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benot6418
01-03-2011, 08:36 AM
The line :
"No money in bull calves," Freeman had said.
The visiting clergyman rubbed the nostrils
now snuffing pathetically at the windless day.
"A pity," he sighed.
My gaze slipped off his hat toward the empty sky
that circled over the black knot of men,
over us and the calf waiting for the first blow.
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Tishawn45
01-27-2011, 09:58 PM
The bull calf drew in his thin forelegs
as if gathering strength for a mad rush…
tottered…raised his darkening eyes to us,
and I saw we were at the far end
of his frightened look, growing smaller and smaller
till we were only the ponderous mallet

luis6268
04-19-2011, 04:59 AM
when ever we go out to eat my hubby knows better than to eat any animal child... I give him "the look" if he even thinks it.
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