‘The Use of Fear’ by Hilary Sideris

The Use of Fear

after Temple Grandin

 

Wise handlers scare

cows just enough to make

 

them move in single file

but not panic – they’ve seen

 

the havoc fleeing cattle

wreak – anticipate & thwart

 

the drive to form a churning

knot around the boss.

 

They know the sadness

of the weak who don’t lie

 

down, but mill & pace

at the herd’s edge.

 

 

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