"A Tale Of Two Hooves"

 “A Tale of Two Hooves”.

As the sun was setting, Daisy was settling,
Well trying to anyway.
 Usually a gregarious creature by nature, now isolating in a corner of the meadow.
You see, it all began a little over nine months ago, when Daisy broke out and met up with Conor Grady’s Big Black Bull, which could very well have been a recipe for disaster.
 As a heavy calf at birth, is not good news for a first time heifer!
As the moment approached, her Beautiful Big, Brown eyes began to register distress.  High pitched moo`s, caused restlessness among the herd, suggesting Daisy be guided quietly and calmly towards the shed, where in preparation, John had spread a warm bed of fresh straw.
Followed by a little circle dance, she decided on a nice patch and settled down, with obvious unease, rises again repeating this ritual three more times.
 Heavy labor breathing, now signaling intense and frequent contractions.
her waters broke, followed by two hooves, then the nose, all positioned beautifully.
Daisy arched her back once more, stretching her neck, gave one last push.
Daisy, being a first time mother, not sure what she’d just done, gets up, stares and walks past.
she’s not taking to him at all, is she?
Laying almost lifeless, our little calf needed a jump start.
Now!  John intervenes.  firmly massaging him with straw so as to stimulate blood flow, while I milk some beestings in order to strengthen, and encourage him.
 Daisy looks on, as if she couldn’t care less.
Four hours later, she decides she wants that 70lb ball of black fur, and agrees to let him suck.
Thank God Daisy came to her sense’s, as she could have been the laughing stock of the herd.
We feel so blessed to have experience this birth, the true beauty of God`s amazing creation.
 well done Daisy!

Miriam O` Donohoe.

About this poem

This poem is about my pet cow that recently calved. Born and reared in a farm affords you the chance to immerse yourself in the mannerisms of the natural world. To me nature and biodiversity is pure poetry on the move.

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Written on February 09, 2024

Submitted by miriamodonohoe65 on February 09, 2024

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Miriam O` Donohoe

I was born and reared in a beautiful area of Co Clare , Ireland , called the Burren . being so close to nature from a young age has given me a great appreciation along with understanding of the animal world . .During my daily duties on the farm , I find myself being inspired to document my findings in the form of poetry. more…

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