There are some things you live your whole life
without knowing, some facts that nobody cares
that you lack. Of course, if you’d be a farmer,
you must know a mule from a horse.
If you are asked to write for Farm Journal
you should be aware that the fruit of the corn
is a kernel; chickens gathered to eat said fruit
are rightfully called a flock.
A bullock (or ox, if you choose) has never
been noted for curls. That mentioned, two bullocks
are oxen, single one out, it’s an ox. Furthermore,
if it’s a cow, it’s always a girl.
A sow (as in cow) is a hog that’s had babies,
before that she was a pig, and even prior, in a time
somewhat remote, that pig was known as a shoat.
Then as now, in good times and worse,
you can’t turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.