What the sheep know (but don’t say)
is not to stand alone (stay together),
and the square behind them (not a door),
marks the difference between dark and light.
Time is measured in greening grass,
the wait for rain, and the length of winter
(I wait for things that never happen).
They walk the day with new eyes (I cry).
Red and white, sun and water, and me –
they see (we are all this day). I stand.
They stand. I wonder (the sheep know).
I love this. Sheep have the measure of it all!
(I wrote a poem about lambs last week, if you have time to pop over and read…)
Thanks! I loved your poem, too 🙂
I love this.
Thank you so much!
hmmmm nice one. thank you.
I absolutely love this ! if we all could have the wisdom of a sheep.
It’s a simple wisdom, but wisdom nonetheless :).
i adore this picture:)
Thank you! I couldn’t believe it when they all lined up in a row liked that and looked at me, in front of the red and white barn. I had to capture it!
I have never wondered what the sheep know (until now). You have such a clear voice, I can’t wait to read something else you’ve written, and this was no different. I love the picture too, whether or not you took it. Using the parentheses makes it even more inviting and personal. “Time is measured in greening grass,” is probably my favorite line. I like the imagery it imparts to the reader. Thank you for letting me share in this process. Cheers, mate!
Thank you for your kind comments, Sam. I hadn’t really thought about it, either, until I saw them there that day. For some reason, as they were contemplating me, they just seemed wise, to have more answers than I did. And that is where the poem came from 🙂
Thank you for sharing the motivation, Sarah!
wonderful poem for the Easter season. also a great subversion of the common view that sheep are dumb. here they are wise. thanks for this Sarah.
Thank you so much. People give themselves too much credit for being smart; sometimes the simplest creatures have the most wisdom! Thanks, Audrey 🙂
Terrific picture and a lovely poem.
Thank you very much!
Loved this. I have a thing about sheep– photograph them whenever I can and have written some poems on lambs. Love the photo!!
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