June 23

Darwin’s Compassion

In 1975 a farmer ups and leaves, takes a room at the bar
Just up and leaves his cows, his dog and his barn
He walks from his fields, his home, everything dear
No money in this godforsaken place, he said
Whether sound of mind, remains unclear

Locked in their stanchions, the bovine wither
Without water dehydrate, brine in their salt…

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