Poems of the Week

Cow Critics

by Bruce Bennett

Let’s hear it for the cello school
whose students come to play
for local farmers and their cows.
Their music makes the day

For everyone, especially cows,
who jostle for position
and drink it in with eager ears,
as if it were their mission

To choose the program best for cows.
Tchaikovsky suits them well.
Dvorak not so much. But Liszt…
It isn’t hard to tell

What they approve of. Cow applause
would drown “Hymne de L’Amour”
if only cows could shout “Bis! Bis!”
and knew what hooves are for.