The Two-Headed Calf Poem by Laura Gilpin

Tomorrow when the farm boys find this

freak of nature, they will wrap his body

in newspaper and carry him to the museum.

But tonight he is alive and in the north

field with his mother. It is a perfect

summer evening: the moon rising over

the orchard, the wind in the grass. And

as he stares into the sky, there are

twice as many stars as usual.


Laura Gilpin, born in 1950, introduced a dynamic style of poetry. She wrote “The Weight of Soul” and “The Hocus-Pocus,” using simple words that have a profound effect on readers.

We are constantly learning and adapting to the harsh realities of life, which shape our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions reflect the world we live in, rather than being overwhelmed by it. The poem “Two-Headed Calf” by Laura Gilpin offers an escape from this fictional world we live in. It is a unique poem that evokes a sense of horror and empathy as we witness the unconditional love a mother calf receives and the fate of the two-headed calf, all at the same time.

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We treat them with admirable exhibits. Moreover, the poet uses a crude ‘body’ expression. It shows the superiority that we feel by differentiating between our body and soul, mind. Other beings are simply lesser than us. However, a newborn calf can enjoy his life for one night in the unconditional love and warmth from his mother’s thoughts.

The poet cleverly specifies the calf’s pronoun. In this modern era, we select substance, the pronouns in which we exist. Those of us longing for the countryside, the tranquil breeze, and the chirping of crickets during the night, find it visually delightful. The picturesque sight in front of us reveals a concise portrayal of nature.

He must respect his own identity, even though the life of the calf is short. The mother is fully aware that her calf might not be alive to see the stars again. However, she shares a bond with him filled with peace and pure love.

The two-headed calf is gazing at the extraordinary sparkling nights, symbolizing twice the usual number of stars, from the perspective of two individuals. In the concluding lines of the poem, the poet alludes to the cause behind the calf’s untimely demise.

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.

– J. K. Rowling

Regardless of the moment in which we learn something, we have learned that understanding does not always bring us enjoyment. Unlike most of us, the fortunate ones will have the opportunity to live many more nights. We are constantly stressed about our future, simply failing to live in the present. In the grand scheme of things, we are all insignificant.

On our final journey, we have no regrets and we love to spend some spare time with the people around us, allowing us to appreciate the world and take a moment to end. Although it is not that we are safeguarding ourselves from death, we can even wear a lifejacket and take insurance. Life will continue to surprise us. It is not about accumulating riches and wealth, but whether we are at peace with the world and ourselves. The poem also expresses the simplicity and joy of trivial things.

‘’Do not pity the dead.Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.” – JK Rowling

Today, even though the poem has been composed a long time ago, people are resonating with the abstract nature of gravity. The poem moved people so much that they decided to get a tattoo of it on their calf as a reminder to live in the present. The poem became famous among people who have put up related posts, tattoo designs, and artwork. It has gathered a following of fans who are sharing it across various social media platforms. The poem has become a revelation.

It is not just sympathy that we feel for the calf or the unimaginable grief of the mother, but also the joy of realization and sorrow.

The poem opened the eyes of the reader and transformed the way we perceive the world. Although it was quite clear, one thing that stood out was the positivity it conveyed. The poem ranged from love for nature to advocating for animal rights and even identifying oneself. The messages in the poem took people on a journey that ranged from feeling numb to sobbing after reading it.