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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
The Cows
By Elizabeth Coatsworth
From “Cockle Shells”

I HAVE seen cows that lay in the summer meadows,
Hearing the sound of breezes amidst the grass
While every hair in the sunlight glittered with rainbows.
Oh, but they were bland and placid and smooth and beautiful!
Their mates were great bulls with curl-matted horns        5
And the bellow of lions.
Their offspring were playful and gay,
With innocent staring eyes.
Laborers toiled in the fields to find them food for the winter,
And built them against the wind dark temples scented with hay;        10
While women eased them of milk
That swelled their udders at twilight.
I have seen cows that lay in the meadows like gods,
Breathing forth peace that smelled of dampness and clover.

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