Caution: Wild Cows on Road
James Boyle


Do pay attention gentle citizen, for they will not watch for you, especially in the lonely hours of the morning after the waterholes have closed. Then they gather to dance along the shoulders of the highway and stumble across asphalt in twos and fours. Giggling off decorum, they disregard your mundane mores in favor of song.

Just drive on citizen. Be pleased your children sleep. Pretend you don’t see the antics.

Some will even flash udders at passing motorists in hopes of a beaded necklace or handful of alfalfa.

Look away, weary traveler. Look away. We don’t want to encourage them.

And no, their mothers would not approve, but the cowboys certainly do.

Soon enough, the morning sun will find them with heads hung low over the nearest stream, swearing never again.



James Boyle is the author of The Ni’il Trilogy as well as numerous short stories, essays and poems. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and an organizer for the South Coast Writers Conference. He lives in Gold Beach on the Oregon coast where he is finishing his new novel.