The ever-present cow pie, constant companion of the farmer/rancher, is often considered the bane of the farmwife’s existence. A few years ago, while cleaning up the remnants of a particularly fragrant “pattie” (as my good friend Lin Harris calls them), I gave some not-so-serious thought to the subject. As with other areas of country life, we farm gals eventually learn to take the good with the bad and laugh about it. Here’s to the cow pie!
A Piece of Advice from the Cow Pie
Flat and round, greenish-brown
I lie in wait upon the ground
for some poor unsuspecting sole
that doesn’t realize there’s a toll
for wand’ring through the pasture.
I’m the per´fume cowboys wear,
the stylish mousse that’s in their hair,
the emerald dust on country brooms,
the tainted jewel of laundry rooms.
So, if you covet country life
and want to be a cowboy’s wife,
don’t forget, I’ll be there, too
on more than just an errant shoe
that wandered through the pasture.
By Barbara Lukow