Yellow-banded sky,
golden-green hills,
long morning shadows
of trees on grass.
Calls of robins, jays, and crows
punctuate bubbling sparrow songs.

A Vermont farm wakes.
Rail fences protect
growing vegetables
and divide species –
cows from sheep from horses.
All thousands of years
and a hemisphere
removed from ancestors
who grazed in wilderness,
protected from wolves
by herds, wariness, and speed.

Now, shaped for centuries;
bred for milk, wool, or strength;
barely resembling their origins,
most need human help to survive.
When they are spent
for their purposes,
once again
they may feed
of wolves.


© 2008 Michael Yanega
30 December 2008







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