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Carl Sandburg - Sheep

Thousands of sheep, soft-footed, black-nosed sheep--
one by one going up the hill and over the fence--one by
one four-footed pattering up and over--one by one wiggling
their stub tails as they take the short jump and go
over--one by one silently unless for the multitudinous
drumming of their hoofs as they move on and go over--
thousands and thousands of them in the grey haze of
evening just after sundown--one by one slanting in a
long line to pass over the hill--

I am the slow, long-legged Sleepyman and I love you
sheep in Persia, California, Argentine, Australia, or
Spain--you are the thoughts that help me when I, the
Sleepyman, lay my hands on the eyelids of the children
of the world at eight o'clock every night--you thousands
and thousands of sheep in a procession of dusk making
an endless multitudinous drumming on the hills with
your hoofs.

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 18. Sheep
Volume: Chicago Poems
- Other Days (1900-1910)
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 4 of 4, added on June 22nd, 2007 at 6:19 PM.

My business makes Sheep Poo PaperTM !!

I am thinking of publishing a book of Sheep Poetry on this paper - do you think a poetry competition might be a good idea?

Lawrence Toms from United Kingdom
Comment 3 of 4, added on May 6th, 2007 at 5:09 PM.

i like it!!

chad from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on May 6th, 2007 at 5:09 PM.

hek who dosen't like sheep!!!

chad from United States

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