Poem to a Cow and the Poets who Wrote About Her

Poem to a Cow and the Poets who Wrote About Her

A Poem by Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Poem in reply to the poem “Epistle to Hawkie the Cottier’s Cow on Hearing She Ate the Bible” by Samuel Walker and William Mc Niece

Stanza One �" Address to the Poets
Of this poem I have read but verses two
And greatly I wonder what spurred you
To write this poem: what a thing to do
On a topic so mundane
Of its like or sort I’ve read but few
And I doubt I will again
Stanza Two �" Address To The Cow
Ah, old Hawkie the Cow, so fond of mooing
I’m sure in the Bible was lots of chewing
To eat the Old Testament took some doing
So many words
I’m sure you felt indigestion brewing
Soon afterwards!!!
Stanza Three �" Address To The Cow Continued...
Some day when I have words and time to spare
I shall be found sitting where
(Probably with feet up on a chair)
I’ll read with elation
Of you chewing your cud with pages to spare
From the Book of Revelation!
Stanza Four �" Address To The Reader
I wonder when she ate grass
And the books through her stomach did pass
Did she suffer chronically from gas
All the words written
And could it be used at service of mass
What she had shitten?
See the poetry video… even if the cow is the wrong colour, as hawkie means white in Lowland Scots…


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WHAT? No one has reviewed this? My own poems are dark little mutant things roiling around on my page. I've read you enough to know that you can be serious, somber and stern yet this - Oh yes. I laughed! Wonderful poem!

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Tags: Hawkie, cow, Ulster Scots, Ulster Scots poetry, Scottish, Ireland, Rhyming Weavers


Tomás Ó Cárthaigh
Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Renmore, Galway, Ireland, An Roinne Mór, Gallaimh, Eire, Ireland

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