|Poems by Mollie Caird (1922-2000)
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What pearls of wisdom on our farm are found,|
Where sense and sensibility abound!
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