Coming soon to a city near you - a Cow Parade! The event - for which local artists make fiberglass cows to raise money for charity - has already made its way through New York, Edinburgh, Sydney and Barcelona. Sixty cows are currently positioned at various locations in Paris. After June 30, the Paris cows will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to Africa Alive, a youth AIDS prevention initiative.
This week's Poetry Thursday prompt, "Are you listening?" is to eavesdrop on conversations, then write a poem about what was said. While walking in Paris, I overheard snatches of French conversation about what artists may have had in mind when producing their cows for the parade entry.
No longer the venerable dairy farm resident
Chewing my cud in an idyllic country dream,
I've taken my moxie and moved to the city
where they appreciate several varieties of cream!
My ice cream makes every child scream with delight
I'm also quite popular with lovers of cheese;
Some Parisiens prefer my rich double cream
They're always exclaiming, "Could I have more, please!"
Men's Agitat Molen, designed by artist Frederic Perimon is on display in the 6th arrondisement. Hundreds of metal spoons are applied to the sculpture.
A heavy metal punkster
Can they really allow
such a subversive image
to advertise a gentle cow?
A symbol of amitie and liberte*
on the side of a cow?
Just watch the reactions -
won't that spark a row?!!
*Friendship and freedom