By Michael Earl Craig
A kind of Danish cow
long thought to be extinct
lumbers slowly from a fog-soaked forest.
Past the statue of two men shaking hands on horseback.
Into the trainyard with its newly
brunette-colored coal cars.
It is late, lamps light the trainyard.
One of the trainmen sees the cow and has a thought
like a small grey infant sinking
ever so slowly in the icy harbor.
The cow continues out the other side of the trainyard.
The trainman shudders at the thought.
The trainman’s cat Stamina crunches walnuts in her cat dish.

Now, nearly thirty years later,
ladies and gentlemen it is my great pleasure
to introduce to you that very same cow.
(The cow is led out onto the stage by a young boy dressed as a farmer.)

Michael Earl Craig, "Winter" from Can You Relax in My House, published by Fence Books. Copyright © 2002 by Michael Earl Craig.  Reprinted by permission of the author.

Source: Can You Relax in My House (Fence Books, 2002)

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Poet Michael Earl Craig

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Pets, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

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 Michael Earl Craig


Poet Michael Earl Craig grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Montana, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Influenced by artists as diverse as Werner Herzog, Julio Cortázar, Lou Reed, and James Tate, Craig’s poems question the assumptions and habits of daily life, using humor and frequent glimpses of a torqued pastoral landscape. “His poems are hilarious, but not . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Pets, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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