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Calving
by Kate Burnside
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
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Hmmm - bit different?! K xx




CALVING


Midnight. Midwinter. Shivering in a cow stall, a child stands stock-still, close to her mother, attempting to share her body heat. Touched instead by the hot, snorted breath of an animal in pain, involuntarily squeezing an emergent head from dung-encrusted haunches. Sliming hide and bone slides heavily onto straw, born of its own weight.

The woman quickly clears the nose and mouth of mucous, so the calf can freely breathe; its life then stimulated by the licking of the attentive heifer. The child looks on, suffocating, feeling unclean; as if still encased in a membrane teardrop: born but not yet alive.

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Reviewed by Chanti Niven 1/26/2005
Dear Kate,
I've been out of the loop so long and have missed my friends here at AD. What a wonderful talent you have Kate. I too have had experience of this having lived on a farm as a child and this piece brought back such vivid memories. Thank you for sharing the beauty of your words.
With love Chanti
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/26/2005
This vividly brings back memories for me as I was raised on a farm and witnessed this event on a number of occasions. Very effectively done, Kate. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Nila Jamier 1/26/2005
Kate,

Thank you for reading my poem. You touched on some memories here when I was still young and living with the folks, we raised horse’s bay and thoroughbreds. I stood one night in the barn cold winter depth and watched one bay that was having problems delivering. She did but the poor little fold was having problems he could not breath I reached down into his throat and cleared his passages. It was one of the most rewarding times of my life to be able at 10 to help him live past his birth.

My mother nearly passed out of the shock I begged please let me try. I slept till morning holding that colt. She brought a pillow and several comforters. I slept like a baby next to its little body and my mare never was disturbed she trusted me :) Thank you for this wonderful memory.

Nila:)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/26/2005
interesting and image-filled piece, quite different from your recent postings! but still, very well done; brava!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/26/2005
Kate,

When I first read the title, I thought of icebergs. Thought this was going to be one of your projects.

I was taken in a far different direction. I've never seen a calf be born, but you've captured it powerfully and vividly with your words.

Excellent write!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by jude forese 1/26/2005
never having experienced the birth of a calf, i found this write very vivid and brought into my mind, the wonder of nature's continuance ... it also encompasses the emotion of the experience in its wonderful conclusion ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/26/2005
Fascinating look into the observers view of it.I love:
"as if still encased in a membrane teardrop:
born but not yet alive."

wonderful work Kate!

Eileen
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/26/2005
Masterful depicting of nature's wonders through the lines of "Calning".

Never rest Your pen, Poet!


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/26/2005
Deep.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/26/2005
This is what calving is all about and I grew up on a farm.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/26/2005
You can make a poem about anything, beautiful, Kate! This is mezmerizing!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/26/2005
And I thought this was going to be an iceberg calving poem! And it's fascinating how as children we can view things so differently. I visited a farm near our home as often as I could as a little tyke, and when I was very lucky, I got to witness animal births. They truly captivated me.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/26/2005
Vivid imagery of birth in the animal kingdom.
Reviewed by George Jackson 1/26/2005
Well done, Kate.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/26/2005
My son was four, his mum had just given birth, we walked round nature centre, low and behold a cow was giving birth, she was licking the membrain, he gave me that look. "daddy when mummy did did she?"

Sebastian lets go get an Ice cream.

This is plumb.

Great to see labelladaden below me. Great won Kow birthing Kate..
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/26/2005
Excellent write Kate, we are there with you such is the power of the imagery. Reminds me vey much of Seamus Heaney in that sense, you do have a special gift Kate.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 1/26/2005
You have been there haven't you? This is a perfect description and a glimpse into the mind of the witness. Thanks for the help with my typo yesterday.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/26/2005
Can almost smell the straw and the manure and feel the hot steam in the air. Fantastic divergence from your norm Kate. Well done.

Felix

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