“Fugue 24” by Jnana Hodson

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there, in thick grass beside a slow stream
a Jersey heifer
———-wears telescope goggles to observe
a bragging rival

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one with horns turns
to observe the huddled two Holsteins
———-wait for grain

three in thick grass beside a slow stream
four in a high meadow
———-four on a green slope, still

a Jersey heifer, a bragging rival with horns
turns to the huddled dairy cows awaiting
———-grain

three in thick grass beside a slow stream
four brown in a high meadow
———-along a green slope

a Jersey heifer wears telescope goggles
to observe a bragging rival
———-with long horns turns

the dairy cows, huddle, waiting
for grain beside a slow stream
———-and the high green meadow

the inertia, meanwhile, is extraordinary
waiting, huddling, bragging rival
———-mooing, with horns

turning to observe the inertia
meanwhile, a Jersey heifer wears telescope goggles
———-to stalk a bragging rival

four brown cattle in a high meadow
four on a green slope
two Holsteins waiting for grain

three in thick grass beside a slow stream
the inertia, meanwhile, is
———-brown, green, mooing, bragging

the wait for grain
huddled beside a slow stream mooing
———-in the inertia

meanwhile, a Jersey heifer wears telescope goggles
to observe another cow, its bragging
———-“meow”

Jnana Hodson has published a chapbook of his prose poems, Harbor of Grace (Fowlpox Press, 2012), which is available for free here. He lives in Dover, New Hampshire.

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