The Sunday Poem: Laurie Macrae. . .The reason we wear our baseball caps backward

The reason we wear our baseball caps backward...

is so that we may rest

our forehead in the hollow

of the goat's side

next to her swelling

abdomen, the coarse hair

softer here, she leans

into us as we milk her, sighing softly.

I am still slow at this

my hands all empathy

but no efficiency

I admire her speckled bag

wonder what it would be like

to have breasts so beautifully spotted

to offer this warm fragrant

milk each morning,

"not just for kids,"

to the hands of someone

who, faithfully labored

in rhythm with my breath

and always saying

"thank you, Lassie"

after the last drop

spattered the side of the bucket.

Laurie Macrae

When Laurie wrote this poem she was Librarian at the Bernalillo Public Library, living in Placitas, and helping to organize the poetry series at Silva's Saloon. (Note: the above picture is not Laurie.)

Presently she is in the San Diego Public Library system, Mira Mesa Library (as far as I know). She wrote poems and read them at our local readings and urged people to write and gather for the good times these flyers indicate. She and Marianne Davidson and I, I must admit, were the ringleaders behind the Silva's Saloon readings, thanks to the hospitality of Felix Silva.Occasionally Kendall McCook and Kell Robertson would set up for a reading also . . .  
Feel free to tell others about this Sunday Poem. And check out the poem in the New Mexico Mercury. Submissions for the Sunday Poem are welcome. Send to or     Larry Goodell

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Comment by Margaret Randall on December 1, 2013 at 7:38am

This is a wonderful poem. It does that most difficult of tasks, bringing two apparently unrelated ideas together and demonstrate their relationship. And it does it so well. I was disappointed that the photograph isn't of her, though, and curious about what she looks like.

Comment by larry goodell on December 1, 2013 at 8:28am

Laurie, where are you? Still trying to get a photo and get back in touch. If you know Laurie write me please & thanks.

Comment by Dee Cohen on December 1, 2013 at 10:37am

What a lovely poem about a lovely relationship: woman & animal, leaning on each other. Thank you, D

Comment by Izquierdo on December 1, 2013 at 4:37pm

This poem indeed is different. It is warm, efficient, easy to understand and multi-faceted. No second guessing required. 


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