The Ox

I love thee, pious ox; a gentle feeling
Of vigor and of peace thou givest my heart.
How solemn, like a monument, thou art!
Over wide fertile fields thy calm gaze stealing,
Unto the yoke with grave contentment kneeling,
To man’s quick work thou dost thy strength impart.
He shouts and goads, and answering thy smart,
Thou turnst on him thy patient eyes appealing.
From thy broad nostrils, black and wet, arise
Thy breath’s soft fumes; and on the still air swells,
Like happy hymn, thy lowing’s mellow strain.
In the grave sweetness of thy tranquil eyes
Of emerald, broad and still reflected dwells
All the divine green silence of the plain.

This was posted as a memorial to Vraja at the Utah Krishnas.

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