Sheep Safely Graze…

Sheep safely graze

Witnesses to the word heard not

Always in the parson’s parsing parables

But in the parable – now

Enfleshed in the coos of the muse in babe in arms,

(Shaped like Seraphim) and

The soft curve of the letter ‘S’ in 

Isaiah and Psalms, ansd even in the

Verse left unsung and so now so very

Loud, this laud protesting its being

Precluded: it a

Reminder that 

Sheep are never safe, at least

No safer than the ruminated grass;

No safer than the parable

That is the Kirk.


8 thoughts on “Sheep Safely Graze…

  1. Marie Taylor says:

    I love the title – sheep safely graze. It sounds like the beginning of a hymn.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Yes, it is a lovely phrase, and was – I think – the name of the first hymn that day in church. Alas, we got lost looking for the church and so missed it, but it inspired a poem all the same!

  2. shoreacres says:

    First, the humor, because I just can’t help myself. I always read a new poem aloud, and your first lines are beautifully — and humorously — ambiguous when heard and not seen. Try it!

    Sheep safely graze
    Witnesses to the word heard…

    It makes me wonder what a word herd would look like. There are those darned homophones again!

    Now – more seriously. You’ve constructed this beautifully. There’s lots to ponder, and the poem itself seems to slow the reader down so the pondering can happen.

    Here’s something else the poem reminds me of. Sheer beauty, it is.
    I hope you got to see something like this in your travels.

    • agjorgenson says:

      Thanks for pointing out the homophone: I had missed it entirely! Thanks as well for the lovely Bach piece. We saw a good many such sheep. We also saw a working shepherd, who commanded about 8 dogs moving sheep about, one of which was actually blind (dog, that is). I love seeing sheep, and eating their young is not half bad as well. It is hard not to photograph a sheep, although I find the same to be true of cattle as well.

  3. jannatwrites says:

    Safety is an illusion… oddly, we are most vulnerable when we feel the safest.

  4. I loved hearing the music while reading this. And loved the phrase: laud protesting. Something both political and worshipful in that, perhaps.

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