The Bummer Ewe
She bleats in the straw-shed, singing
the only song she knows. Beyond, green
fields of May, lush grass drying to seed-
head, the piercing awn. She doesn’t know
what comes tomorrow. Economics
of sheep, a farmer’s balance-sheet.
Two newborns dead without profit,
she couldn’t give milk, but rubbed against
the slough-bark tree till she was shorn.
Leafless tree still rooted underground,
dead twigs reaching into sky. No one
will spin her wool; her sheep-blood
drains into earth to feed a tree.
Da stieg ein Baum. Who will sing
the fear out of her, sing the journey
into her ear?
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