Sunday, April 06, 2008


Photo by S. Auberle
She was only a sheep
who had just given birth.
Twin lambs nestled
in the straw beside her.
Outside the shed
snow beat on old wood.
We walked softly,
whispered to her,
but Angelica just stood there,
all the anxieties
of the world in her eyes.
I lost myself in them,
in the plea not to harm these new lives.
Yet nothing reassured her.
Sheep have no defenses,
they are vulnerable prey.
They know this, and do not
carry their burden lightly.
In Angelica's eyes I saw myself,
felt that tense fear
of a sometimes-savage world.
The lambs didn't know yet
how vulnerable they are...
- mimi


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