The Only Cow

The Only Cow

Some time back, we received a postcard from my brother and his wife saying that they were visiting a small island. My brother wrote (jokingly I think) that he thought there was only one cow on the island. While it was probably not true, I thought it raised interesting questions about this cow’s situation. Please note: I do not know where this island actually is but, for the sake of rhyme, I have said it is near Thailand.

The Only Cow

There was this island
Quite near Thailand
Only had a single cow
They made false beef
From the barrier reef
But never told me how

A rich young man
Came from Japan
And wanted the real thing
Please kill the cow
Prepare it now
Stop! Listen to me sing

Ha lalala Ha lalala, ooh ooh ooh
Can your love, oh can your love
Oh can your love be true?

The cow prepared
The meat was shared
The waiter sat and sighed
It’s tender yet
Tastes like regret
Then everybody cried

The people wept
The street was swept
And polished til it shone
It couldn’t hide
The pain inside
For now the cow was gone

Ha lalala Ha lalala, ooh ooh ooh
Can your love, oh can your love
Oh can your love be true?

The field, no longer needed, lies empty and untouched.

The field, no longer needed, lies empty and untouched.

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