having smelled the coming snow
it seemed appropriate to go
and so the cows went home alone.
the farmer heard the eager tone
and ran to hold the barn door wide
just before they swung inside,
each to her appointed stall.
outside, the snow began to fall.
behind the snow the sun has set.
the cattle in their bays have yet
to settle in. they move against the walls.
outside, all night, the first snow falls
this all will quickly melt away
before the end of one more day.
but the first snow, whether thick or thin,
is the one that calls the cattle in.