Fay Slimm





When more mauve than dark
pervades the horizon
cattle seek harbours
as night creeps from hiding.

When lengthens the gloaming
beasts shuffle lazily
to stand under hedgerows
more still than paintings.

Stone-like their statues
in sunlight's last rays
make no ghostly moves,
more grey than shadows,
a bovine's long wait.

In ebony's blackness
beasts take heat or cold
rain-stained and stiff-backed,
defiantly shiftless,know
more dark than light
means conquering nightness
with patience unrolled.


I think with light's fading.
of resolute cow-minds
braving time's changes,
facing sun's dying
without much complaint
and pray to do likewise
with more their behaviour.






  • Andrew Charles Forrest

    Excellent Fay
    We can learn so much from nature a natural fear is healthy
    Our unnatural one is sometimes not
    Great write

    • Fay Slimm

      Warm thanks for you comment on nature and the lessons it teaches dear Andrew.......... so pleased you enjoyed the write.

    • orchidee

      Good write Fay.

      • Fay Slimm

        Thank you dear Orchi for reading the verse and for the comment.

      • Neville

        Superbly crafted Fay and true.... N

        • Fay Slimm

          Ah - -- superb - - what an up-building word - how like you to use the best of adjectives in support of a poetic effort and for this alone I thank you muchly dear friend.................

          • Neville

            ah' I reserve the term only for when it can be applied and remain uncontested.... N

          • Santita

            Picturesque poetry. Nature is a teacher if we take our time to observe and listen with open hearts. A glowing write, Fay.

            • Fay Slimm

              Wholly agreed that nature teaches if we take time to look and learn - - many thanks Santina for the lovely comment after reading my thoughts on the patience of cattle as night closes in ........ so glad you enjoyed the read.

            • Goldfinch60

              Good one Fay, evenings colourful fall into night is wondrous.

              • Fay Slimm

                It certainly is Andy - - we need only observe the glory of changes in sky and creatures as night takes over to see how nature can teach us so much.

              • ANGELA & BRIAN

                Contented COWS - safe in their field
                And treated well the best MILK yield !

                Thanks for sharing FAY. In my youth I (BRIAN) stayed on a Dairy Farm and helped with the Milking etc. I was alwys amazed at the docility & contentment of the Cows and was never afriad of them or the Bulls. I guess they did OK ! Fed & Watered and freed from their MILK ~ twice a day ! You have provided an excellent Picture and written a perfect One !

                Blessings & Peace & Love
                BRIAN & ANGELA ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™

                • Fay Slimm

                  Warmest of thanks Brian - and yes the whole business of husbanding the land and stock has to be given with care - - - they are gifts indeed. So pleased you were taken down memory lane by the read. Hugs to you both. xx

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