Mid-San Joaquin summer,
you can set your watch
by cows coming off the pasture

to Valley Oaks at seven-thirty—
back out into the blazing sun
by noon, breezes off the green.

Not one gossipy complaint
among them, chewing cuds,
relishing the timeless shade.



4 responses to “EARLY MORNING SHADE

  1. There is such beauty in the barren fields of San Joaquin; a few trees here and there, and the cattle scattered in the shade. I love this photo.


  2. There is such a sense of timelessness about your words and image, John. Beautiful.


    • Thanks, Sylvia, for the feedback, it’s not by conscious design but more to relate to the most basic, or common, senses and sensibilities.


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