Intruders : A C Clarke


To the bull nothing makes sense beyond

his wives, his children. And grass.

The grass changes. He doesn't know why.

The wives too at times. The children are there

and not there. He knows the smell of the byre,

of those who feed him. All else is mystery,

witness these strangers stumbling over tussocks

at the back of his herd. His warning bellow

didn’t stop them. He turns his great head

Turns back to the grass but can't settle.

Turns his head again. Wants things to stay as they are.