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FIRST SNOWFALL, by            
First Line: The calves stand in one corner of the yard
Last Line: To tell the puzzled youngsters: this is snow!
Subject(s): Animals; Barns; Snow


The calves stand in one corner of the yard,
Huddled together, side to heaving side,
Blinking in apprehension, as flakes slide
Down out of nowhere; they take learning hard,
Afraid of all that's new, and on their guard.
The colts are startled, too, stare wonder-eyed,
But take it out in frisking, shying wide,
Snorting to find their muzzles coldly starred.

Their elders have forgotten feeling young;
Snuffing the chill of winter in the air,
They're moving toward the barn, as if they know
There's bran-meal waiting and hay to be flung
Down from the mows -- not one has time to spare
To tell the puzzled youngsters: this is snow!





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