on the dairy my dad's farm manager
was in charge of crops cows cream butter
also milk routes but his specialty was swine
he had his own drove of pigs that he tended
with loving care: when occasionally
he had to drive some distance to deliver
seed corn or on some other essential errand
he'd take one of his prize pigs along with him
in hopes of interesting a buyer the joke among
the hired men, among all of us, was that he
carried a pig in the front seat for company
who knows? I've traveled with far worse fare
and "swine" beat "kine" to be the smartest animals
including us!

2022 Jacqueline Jackson

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