Baa Baa Black Sheep


i've always been the black sheep
in my ancestral flock...
a fact I've but regretted
since invention of the clock.
that is, until i realized
within my familial herd..
the black sheep of this unit
was not such an ugly bird...

it seems I was quite different
and never did quite fit...
it was this uniqueness
that I didn't liked one bit...
however, that has shifted
as, with age, i have matured...
the truth, as I now see it,
my singularity secured.

I've always been more sensitive.
to tears i'm always prone...
been drawn to the abstractions
in that famous Twilight Zone..
I've eyes for hidden beauty
where beauty's seldom found...
been often called the dreamer
whose feet don't touch the ground...
I hear a tune within my head
to which I'm known to dance,
always choose to follow
my heart, not circumstance.

The wisdom that I've garnered,
as the black sheep of the flock,
came upon the winds of change
and came as quite a shock!
there is no shame in color
and my value does abound...
its within my own uniqueness
that my self respect is found.

With surprise i did discover
that in truth, I'd rather be...
instead of white and wooly,
like the rest, totally me!
it is with pride, today i say
and choose to status keep
a special place within the flock...
my family's lone black sheep.

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I like this hubtnderhrt23. I've also always considered myself to be the black sheep in our family. I hear what you're saying. All I can say is that we are unique :)

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

carrie, I have finally come to a place where I am, for the first time, embracing and feeling a sense of gratitude for that "uniqueness"...Lord, forgive me, but its been a long time in coming! Time to celebrate! for both of us!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

At least you're a sheep!

I'm the only goat in a herd of lambs, and an old goat at that!

Cool Hub!

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I am a black sheep too - but I love being different. Great poem.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

WillStarr, I suppose you have a point...but I am fond of goats, as well!

acaetnna, I would choose to be me over the rest of the sheep in my fold, every time, today...that is huge growth for me! Thanks!

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escribir 5 years ago

Being unique has a certain quality that an assembly line of same can never reach, you are different, you are special, i'm glad you have grown to like who you are. Nice work tnderhrt23

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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

Yes being Unique is never easy, there is always someone trying to squeeze you into a mold of sameness or tear you down for being different. Making you feel out of place. When in fact it is because you are unique and different you make this world a better place.

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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Interesting to see how this poem relates to the experience I have with some relatives. Outwardly friendly, but only tolerant of what they see, and sometimes outspoken about my difference to the rest of the family. I find that I have walked to the beat of my own drum! And I do not change just for them, because I am happy. :)

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

PA, I am happy to see you, my friend! I have come to realize that it is perhaps a blessing I haven't appreciated much until of late, this uniqueness...and the truth of the matter is what I think of my uniqueness that determines my level of happiness or fulfillment...that is an epiphany for this little tnderhrt! I may be a bit slow, but I always get there eventually! I have missed you!

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mylife=adventure 5 years ago from Wisconsin

There are people out there who would die to be unique but don't know how to achieve to be themselves. So you should actual be proud and wear that uniqueness as a belt of a champion. Great post and great flow. Thanks for sharing!

Stay Happy and True...Mylife

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Hi Christina! Thanks for the read! For so much of my life I tried to fit in, until I realized that I just didn't like who I was trying to fit in with! That I would rather be me than them...maybe that sounds snobby but believe me, its not. Its good to know I am not the only black sheep around! Thanks, Girl!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Mylife, what a great comment! I am gonna think on that! "wear that uniqueness as a belt of a champion". Something I surely never thought of!!! I so appreciate your visit here to my humble hub, and your great comment!

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samiaali 5 years ago

Hi tnderhrt23, Another star! Your words are beautiful! :)

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

samiaali, thank you so much! It means the world, really!

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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

Great poem, I have always considered myself a black sheep. Never really completely fit in anywhere, but I always able to hang around the rim. It is better to be unique than the same as everyone. They are the truly lost ones.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Boy does this ring a bell, Ding Ding!! I was the only one who got to go to college, got to do this, that, have this, have that. You get the picture. Baa Baa, Hee

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Stigma,It is so comforting to know that I am not my own flock!!! the reality is as you say, being the same as everyone else is boring...I dare say I am alot of things, but never boring! lol thanks for the read and comment!

Ruby, your comment brought a chuckle too! Baa Baa indeed! we shall hence forth call it "sheep-ese"!!!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Well I must admit that I was also a black sheep and sometimes that's better than just being one of the flock.

Thanks for sharing, loved it

An awesome and up here

Take care


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Eiddwen, thank you kindly for the read and comment! There are more black sheep out there than I imagined!

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

I suppose we've all felt that way one time or another in our lives, but when its in your own family, ouch! I even have a work of art with the black sheep so it definitely rings a bell. It all makes sense now and you brought that out in your lovely poem!

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I loved your poem. Black sheep make the world interesting!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fossillady, Thanks for stopping by! I have a affinity for sheep, most especially black particular reason, but so it's always been. Out of five in my family, three of us claim the black sheep status, which is a bit

Thanks so much, AliciaC! Yes, I believe you are right!

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Secretmission 5 years ago from Sandwich

I to am a black sheep and love it that I dont follow the flock! Great read.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks, secretmission (love your name, btw!) There are pros and cons to has just been fairly recently that I have come to realize that I'd rather be me than the rest of the sheep! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Come back any time!

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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I used to have black sheep. I chose black ones because they're so cute.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Les Trois Chenes, your comment made me smile and sit up a little taller! Thank you for that!

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Moment in Time 5 years ago

Love this...grew up on a sheep farm and the little black lambs were my favorite!

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Moment! I am growing to love them too!

manny1cat 5 years ago

I am the rainbow sheep of my family. You have to be politically corect, these days.

manny1cat 5 years ago

Consider my previous comment, the joke that it is. I am sick to death of all of this racist jargon. I am white so, should the song 'White Christmas' be banned in case I am offended. Black is black and white is white and those who want to upset the apple cart should get a life.

Your poem was great and very profound.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, manny1cat, for your read and comment! btw...i love all things rainbow!

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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Welcome to the heard with me fellow black sheep! My family has always had so many other plans for me, mine have always been so very opposite. Thank you for sharing, this touched my heart I do understand.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fluffy, Thank you! Your comment is very touching! Being a black sheep is a bittersweet thing...Sometimes I take pride in it and sometimes I want to hide in it! It is good to know I am not alone, though!

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Huey19 4 years ago from Chicago

I absolutely love this. Totally can relate to being the black sheep with the creative artistic gene and unique perspective that sees beauty in things others would just glance over. Great write. truly enjoyed it.

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

Huey19, thank you, kindly. It is always a joy to meet up with someone who relates!

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bellawritter23 4 years ago from California

There must always be one in the family. great write tnder :) its been a long time since ive been back.

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tnderhrt23 4 years ago Author

bella, its funny. In my family of 5 children, at least three consider themselves the black sheep! I wonder what that says about us??? lol! Great to see you, Girlie!

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