Dancing Dust

Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)

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What pearls of wisdom on our farm are found,
Where sense and sensibility abound!
Socratic dialogue
Passes ‘twixt cat and dog,
And philosophic roosters pace the ground.

Calm in her stall, the intellectual cow
Stands ruminant and grave with furrowed brow;
Lactation is but scant,
But, knowing Locke and Kant,
Her milking-shed is paradise enow.

Such erudition in the porcine pen –
Today Confucius and tomorrow Zen!
More to pig is Plato
Than peelings of potato,
No mash so sweet as words of learned men.

Alas, perfection’s yet somewhat remote;
We took the ‘small ad’ form, and there we wrote:
‘Wanted, please, a nanny,
Bearded, brainy, canny,
A logical and reasonable goat’.

An advertisement in The Oxford Times, read ‘Wanted: Nanny goat, reasonable.’ 

Oxford Times, 2 June 1967
The Dancing Dust and other poems, 1983