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Five Cows

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
As it stutters on the road below
Dark shapes against the winter sun
Standing where the cold wind blows

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
An audience for our tragic play
As we rush to and fro
Missing the slow beat of life around us

 

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

 

First posted 2016

Five cows

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
As it stutters on the road below
Dark shapes against the winter sun
Standing where the cold wind blows

Five cows on the bridge watch the traffic
An audience for our tragic play
As we rush to and fro
Missing the slow beat of life around us

 

Copyright © 2016 Kim Whysall-Hammond

 

Re-blogged from 2016.

Commuter grind

Does anyone write of the commuter grind?

Of the early risings and the dark returns
The unseen children and missed bedtimes
The chances taken on rain slick roads
The risk of dreadful  collision
As bleary eyed drivers zoom and hurry
The agonies of  thousands crammed into tubes and trains

Does anyone sing of the commuter’s plight?

Commuter belts were planned around cities
To give encircling green spaces
A commuter belt encircles my life
Tying me in
Constraining, tightening, giving no relief

Does anyone tell  of the commuter as hero?
The journeys survived, the meetings won?

I am  the voice of the lone commuter
You talk of food miles, of recycling
Of saving the planet
I counted my work miles
Those I have journeyed to earn my crust
They take me to the Moon and back
Oh to be free of these surly bonds

Recycle my life, give it to me back
Refreshed,  remodeled
New and mine once more
And you will save the planet
And us all
But the car beckons, there on my drive
There stands my steed waiting
This cowgirl has to go.

Copyright © 2018 Kim Whysall-Hammond

 

Since the writing of this poem, this ‘cowgirl no longer goes’ as ill-health prevents my working…..so I’m taking my life back…..