Sentient Creatures
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Antonia Clark

works for a medical software company in Burlington, Vermont. She has taught creative writing and is currently co-administrator of an online poetry forum, The Waters.

Her poems have appeared in Loch Raven Review, Lucid Rhythms, The Orange Room Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and elsewhere.

She loves French food and wine, and plays French café music on a sparkly purple accordion.

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It’s a Moo Point Moo point, a mispronunciation of moot point, overheard in a dinner conversation.

Though no bovine
would argue long,
the point foregone,
it might opine
and you might follow
its plodding line
of rumination,
thoughts herded
into formation
like straggling, thin
unhurried kine
before the evening
cattle call—
and find, amazed,
when the cows come
home, they have
opinions, after all.