Andrea Wyatt, “The Cowlies”

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The Cowlies

Never had there been a better season.
The cowlies freshened twice and each time twins.
The gan grew tall then fell and twist then
we gather in the golden strands to go;

Stars and planets swirl through mist
all day and under we dance with the blue things.
we always had to eat the lake pinder in the baskets;
orange cheesen from the cowlies and bloonberries in every hillside hatch;

We were larky all of us but our mean and aging sagakeep Casburn
who never had, he said, seen such a time. Dour and wordless he glowered
at the cowlies and the gan. Disregard his plaints and pouts we did
and dance in the golden mist;

We obey the regulations yes from the follow forever text,
they are nor onerous nor cruel.
Laugh we did at the silly ones, ponder at the peculiar ones
but follow both silly and peculiar;

Never had there been a better season.
The cowlies freshened twice and each time twins.
The gan grew tall then fell and twist then
we gather in the golden strands to go.

 


Andrea Wyatt’s first two books, Three Rooms and Poems of the Morning, Poems of the Storm, were published in Berkeley by Oyez, a press associated with Black Mountain and California Renaissance poets. Her third book, Jurassic Night, was published by White Dot Press. She co-edited Selected Poems by Larry Eigner, Collected Poems by Max Douglas, and The Brooklyn Reader. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Clackamas, Hanging Loose, and Plum Tree Tavern. Wyatt works for the maintenance division of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C.


 

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One thought on “Andrea Wyatt, “The Cowlies”

  1. A fun, delightful work-reminds me of ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. I looked up ‘cowlies’ and found nothing. So I guess you made it up. Since they had twins, I’m guessing a cowly is like a horse (foal), but then, maybe it’s a rhinoceros!

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