Face

Out the window
through falling snow
we saw the long face of a cow.

We were in our car
beside the slatted metal
of a livestock truck.

One animal face
with black, plum-sized eyes
was taking its last looks:

red and white lights
of evening traffic,
the snow-dimmed glimmer

of the city’s tall buildings,
and tiny-eyed faces like ours
going by in cars—

all our human world
going about its business.

Matthew Murrey's poems have appeared in many journals such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, and Under a Warm Green Linden. I received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry a number of years ago, and my debut poetry collection, Bulletproof, selected by Marilyn Nelson, was published in February 2019 by Jacar Press. I am a high school librarian in Urbana, Illinois where I live with my partner. We have two adult sons. Read other articles by Matthew, or visit Matthew's website.