Story Time: A Cow’s Musings on a Grecian Urn

Hi all!

Here’s a story by Leandra Ranger that continues the Poetry Day Celebration.  The poems that inspired this work (all by John Keats) are below the story…if you haven’t read them before, we encourage you to check them out!

A Cow’s Musings on a Grecian Urn

By Leandra Ranger

Why write me?  You created a world of frozen beauty.  All stuck in anxious joy (the joy before the kiss, the joy before the dance, the joy before the wine), never to age, never to die.  So why write me?  Why freeze me in my moment before death?  (Have you no mercy?)

They are all ready for the party, the orgy.  (I see it in their eyes.)  To them, my sacrifice is a stumbling block to merriment.  No one is happy to have me here.  So why write me?

Death is Life’s high meed.

More puzzles from the poet, I see (cryptic signs from a failing creator).  If death gives life meaning, then write me dead (anything is better than this fear).  You gave me false life.  (Is this, in truth, beauty?)  Why write me alive?

I have fears that I may cease to be.

Then write yourself.



First italic break is line 14 of “Why did I laugh tonight?  No voice will tell” by John Keats

Second italic break is line 1 of  “When I have fears that I may cease to be” by John Keats

Inspired by  “Ode to a Grecian Urn” by John Keats

Leandra and Gwen


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