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Summer on the Dairy Farm





 
 Summer on the Dairy Farm
 
Grass is growing like a soothing pain. 
The sun is a green light to heifers
munching on the pasture’s hyphens.
A ruminant prefers a run-on meal. 
 
At noon, a lark ascending puts the corn
across the dirt road into a calm panic.
And far away, the oceans borrow 
time’s logistics; the farmer, likewise,
 
pays no mind to anything that isn’t
local or a neighbor to his seething peace.
A Holstein cow, to prove its worth,
illuminates a spotted afternoon 
 
offended by a daytime moon; eliminates
nothing, not even darkness, for 
the sake of milk. A feeling like approval
rises, with a tree-shape, in the red calf. 

Jake Sheff


Jake Sheff is a major and pediatrician in the US Air Force, married with a daughter and three pets. Currently home is the Mojave Desert. Poems of Jake’s are in Marathon Literary Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Cossack Review and elsewhere. His chapbook is “Looting Versailles” (Alabaster Leaves Publishing). He considers life an impossible sit-up, but plausible.

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