Friday, July 29, 2016

Thirsty Cows et al.

I'm delighted and honored to welcome today's blog guests, Maria Lisa Eastman and Jenny Robinson! 

Thirsty Cows

~ By Maria Lisa Eastman 

Once I heard a man claim a crazy thing

Standing up in front of his slide

Mainly addressing a scholarly audience,

he said without a doubt

and at a significance level of point oh five

he had proven that cows didn’t need to drink clean water.


He told us that it turns out thirsty cattle 

trailing over clay-cracked earth

towards a glint of moisture in the distance

might just as well turn down a ochre road

and sink their burning noses into stone-colored water whose surface

is wreathed in bitter oil and slicked-up mud.


Amazed, I asked him if he had ever

plunged his own dry mouth

down into a lively stream

so he could suck the blue water into his belly

had he felt how it softened his hard salt skin

and when he surfaced

heart flutteringand awash

hadn’t he felt his scorched soul come back to life?


I don’t think a cow is any different

From a fish

Or an eagle, a willow or an ash.

A cedar, a lamb, a spider or a swan

Not too different from us either.

Because what we all need is basically the same-

Starting with just a good drink of cool clear water.


Creek Crossing, oil by Jenny Robinson. 


"Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life." ~Revelation 22:17 NLT 

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