My Pregnant Doe Asiago (poem)

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Asiago In Labor

MY PREGNANT DOE ASIAGO ~

Tired and achy, she stretches and yawns

she rubs her head on the stall wall.

The bah of sheep sound so far away

as she drifts in and out …. she’s preparing.

Her udder is filling, her hips displacing

as the dip in her hind tells time’s near.

Tired and achy, she stretches and yawns

she rubs her head again, on the stall wall.

Pawing the ground, a bed she makes

only to hop up moments later.

Dusk slips toward moonlight

painting deep blues on barn walls.

The sheep are now sleeping.  The horses down too.

She waits and waits some more.

The babies are moving, but mama is tired.

She rubs her head again, on the stall wall.

I enter the barn, it’s very late now.

My headlamp shines on her belly.

Big she is, I say to her.  I softly rub her head.

She leans her body into mine and I lean back to her.

I hold her there in the dead of night.

In reality it is she who holds me.

My favorite doe, she is I say, as I’ve delivered her babies many times.

She struggles with birth as her hips are narrow,

I go in and assist when she calls.

She knows I am there as she is for me.

Tired and achy, she stretches and yawns.

This time she rubs her head on my heart.

I stay with her, and let her rub, as I can do much better than the stall wall.

At last, in the morning with the sun’s first burst,

she delivers three perfect little kids.

Two boys and one girl, I smile as she cleans them.

Tired and achy she stretches and yawns.

Tired and achy I stretch and yawn too…..

I lean my head on the stall wall.

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Asiago and her three little babies with their little sweaters on for warmth.

~ Two Mothers, for Asiago

~L. Davis, The Poet Farmer

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