ducitur amisso qualis consorte laborum
deserit inceptum media inter iugera sulcum
Taurus iners colloque iugum deforme remisso
parte trahit, partem lacrimans sustentat arator.
--simile on Polynices' loss of Tydeus, Statius, Theb. IX.82 - 85
He is led away [from his friend's slain body] like a bull
who has just its yoke-mate, the companion of its labors.
It walks away from the furrow it had begun, leaving the job unfinished,
with lowered head, it drags the now empty half-yoke,
while a crying farmer struggles to hold up the other half.