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Hello, my name is AstroCow.
I’m deep in outer space right now.
I’m off to visit distant stars.
I’ve seen the moon. I’ve been to Mars.
I’ve done the most amazing things.
I soared through Saturn’s massive rings.
I checked out Neptune. Pluto too.
Then out among the stars I flew.
I built this awesome rocket ship
to take an interstellar trip,
and travel through the galaxy
to find a home for cows like me.
You see, I used to live on Earth.
It was my home, my place of birth.
But now I search for somewhere new;
somewhere they don’t serve barbecue.
— Kenn Nesbitt
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Reading Level: Grade 2
About This Poem
Many years ago, I wrote a poem called “I Have to Write a Poem,” in which I described how I couldn’t write a poem even though I had to. That, by the way, was sort of a true story. I had to write a poem that day, but didn’t know what to write about, so I just wrote down the words, “I have to write a poem” to see where it would go from there. That poem ended up being about a cow from outerspace named “AstroCow.” You’ll find it in my book The Tighty-Whitey Spider.
For this poem, I thought I would write a poem about an explorer, but I decided it would be funnier if the explorer were an animal that doesn’t usually do much exploring, such as a cow. In addition, I thought it would be fun to have the cow explore someplace unusual, like outer space. So I ended up re-using the name “AstroCow” for this poem, even though it is a completely different story.
I hope you enjoy the further adventures of AstroCow!
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