Instructions for Lambing
Push your hand inside.
Feel a head, a nose, two legs.
Cup a perfect hoof and pull
until the leg locks outside the ewe.
Grasp the other foot and repeat.
Damp from dreaming, the lamb spills out,
curving into the night like a blood-flecked crescent moon.
Pinch the nose, make it sneeze, break the cord,
The ewe whickers and licks,
nudging the lamb to a trembling stance.
A straw-covered bambi
wobbling into life.
If you have any thoughts on this poem, Sally Brown would be
pleased to hear them.