There’s a list of things
about this winter,
all that cracked open
this frozen shell
Here, for example–
the cows on my morning commute.
sweet-faced and calm
no longer looking like dinner
Then there’s the news every day,
full of creatures less lucky than cows
When I can’t take in any more bad news
I listen to lectures on astrophysics.
A smart man talks with enthusiasm
about the nature of time and space
I drive through the comfort of
tiny particle physics
and let all the words I don’t understand
drift on a wave out the car window
towards the cow barn.
Let ‘s see what they make of it