A happy company of cows
Catches deepening golden light,
Dappled patches maunder the field
A shifting picture as they graze,
Bronzed by the late gaze of the sun
Dressing their coats with baroque hue.
They’re here, by chance, most evenings,
An intriguing throng for my view,
Wrapped in green fields and changing trees
Or early dawn emerge from fog,
Perfect as haunting melody
Plays with memory when they’re gone.
Elizabeth Barton is an artist and poet from New Zealand, with work featured in Pink Plastic House, Fevers of the Mind, Black Bough Poetry’s Rapture and Christmas/Winter Edition 2021 and Vita Brevis Literature, Nothing Divine Dies. A winner of the 2020 White Label Cinq competition, she has a forthcoming poetry collection to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press. Her art is in private and public collections worldwide, including the V & A Prints Collection, London.