I watch cows for affirmation
of living simply well without
those self-centered addictions
like bathing in milk, all the mirrored
poses dressed in wet white film
pure, all the grass or chopped alfalfa
rivers dripping tears of pearls
on the carpet, on the floor
in front of the hungry—without
that arrogance we are famous for
flaunting—as if the devil cared
about another soul crowded into hell.
Right after a rain, they know the grass
grows taller and stronger at the top
of these steep hills, pausing long to graze
between each step of their calm ascent.