I took my creative writers out to our school’s agriculture day, held by our FFA students, to make similes and write haiku:
Student mentions “Hell Cow” being bitten by The Dracula as I scratch Otis Calf’s back.
Straw slides like snow across pavement.
Alfred Calf’s two white spots on red forehead were near his scooped-out horn spots.
One lamb lies in corner of red-metal pen.
She said the ducks were named Lucky and Charm. I suggested REAL names, like Steve and Ruth. Now we just have to remember those names.
Duck’s feathers vibrate in breeze. One feather flies up on turkey’s back.
Otis Calf lives with goats. He may not know he’s a cow. He’ll retire to a horse pasture one day, his owner said.
Oranges, grapes, and strawberries mellow out the armful of pig, the holder told us.
The turkey’s back: Feathers iridesce. Inner eyelid flashes powder blue. Blue horn deflates.
Turkey says, “Block. Block. Block. Block” as it velociraptors toward a boy and his mother.