A gorgeous image of a cow in the Swiss Alps accompanied by the opening stanzas of James Dickey’s “The Heaven of Animals” (1961)

From Wikipedia Commons:

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               .

And from James Dickey:

Here they are. The soft eyes open.

If they have lived in a wood

It is a wood.

If they have lived on plains

It is grass rolling

Under their feet forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        .

Having no souls, they have come,

Anyway, beyond their knowing.

Their instincts wholly bloom

And they rise.

The soft eyes open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .

To match them, the landscape flowers,

Outdoing, desperately

Outdoing what is required:

The richest wood,

The deepest field.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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