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How Now Brown Cow

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How Now Brown Cow

Ever hear these words, “How now brown cow?”
Wonder where it came from, this to me is very bizarre anyhow.
I realize that it’s just a little saying.
Why this crept in, I asked myself while praying?

You see many people have their ways and collect.
Artifacts like; key chains, buttons and I collected baseball cards,
I reflect.

My wife’s thing is cows,
Why, I can’t figure it, anyhow?
Cows are a blessing to mankind, 
giving milk for all humans to survive.

“How now brown cow” is just a little phrase,
But the milk gives us cheese, other products and things that are made.
They give nourishment to fill our lives.
As the Lord put these animals on this Earth 
for us to survive.

The Lord has put these brown cows for our use.
Along with all animals, if that’s what we choose.
Man has dominion over all creatures on this Earth.
And we should be grateful for these brown cows, 
they were put here way before our birth.

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  1. Date: 6/11/2011 11:32:00 PM
    Enjoyed the piece here Robert,

  1. Date: 5/10/2011 8:27:00 AM
    Very interesting thoughts about the potential origin of that old saying, Robert. Cows are one of my friend's collector's items as well. I love everything the give us - milk, cheese, beef and even leather. God has blessed us with the bounty of many great creatures. I collect "fish" artifacts/artwork as well as Native American artwork. Often I dream I am a fish. There is a lot of wisdom in your poem. We should be grateful for all God has given us. Love, Carolyn