The Art of Craig Blietz

by Ethel Mortenson Davis

1

His art is of cows, goats, and pigs,
but mainly dairy cows, Holsteins,

great portraits of black and white Holsteins
posing with dignity and grace,
one with a large, bulging vein
running the length of the under belly
to its udder,

portraits rich in painterly quality,
showing a wondrous love for these animals.

2

A downed cow,
too sick to get on its feet,
is dragged with chains
to the slaughtering yard.

A man kicks her in the head
on her way past him,
dignity and grace
still in her eyes.

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Filed under Ethel Mortenson Davis, poems, Poetry

3 responses to “The Art of Craig Blietz

  1. Two very different world views and attitudes. What a fine way to invite the readers to reflect on the contrast and allow themselves to awaken their compassion and resolve. Your own dignity and grace shine through your lines, Ethel

  2. Reblogged this on Ben Naga and commented:
    Two very different world views and attitudes. What a fine way to invite the readers to reflect on the contrast and allow themselves to awaken their compassion and resolve. Your own dignity and grace shine through your lines, Ethel.

  3. Thank you for this comment. Nice to know. Ethel Thanks for reblogging.

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