Ovis Aries, I Love You

Betty
Betty

I want a sheep, a ewe or ram;

A woolly thing, perhaps a lamb;

A cuddly thing to take to bed;

I’ll have no other beast instead.

 

No equine quadruped… no horse;

No donkey, mule or ass, of course.

Nor ermine, weasel, mink or stoat.

But maybe I’d accept a goat…

 

Or would a goat be just too silly?

A Nanny or perhaps a Billy?

On second thoughts, as I have said:

I would prefer a sheep instead.

 

I must admit that at this stage,

I’m not particular to age.

I’m not averse, don’t give a damn;

Give me mutton dressed up as lamb.

 

A pretty one, is that too much?

Perhaps with just the common touch;

I don’t require one that’s too classy,

But neither one that could be brassy,

 

As sheep, I found, some years ago,

Are rather intellectually slow,

But have a trait that can beguile;

A coquettish and a winning smile.

 

The first sheep that I ever met

Was at a time I can’t forget

An outing that our school had had

When I was just a little lad.

 

The outing to a local farm

Gave promise of bucolic charm,

With little animals to pet;

My memory of it lingers yet.

 

For bunnies there, were ours to stroke,

And chicks to see and pigs to poke

And goats and Guernsey cows to milk

And other farm beasts of that ilk.

 

And all the children had their way

And poked and stroked and laughed in play

When suddenly I saw a sight

My infant soul filled with delight.

 

For coming down a path I saw

Angelic Animalia, no less, no more

Sweet Vertebrate with noble stance

I realised, Artiodactyla, at a glance;

 

The Family Bovidae, my soul did leap;

There stood before me, Domestic Sheep.

And at that point, obsession began,

And continues still, now I’m a man.

 

Ovis Aries are good and true;

Their hearts are pure… their minds are too.

For sheep are honest, and despise

Those who pull wool o’er your eyes.

 

O! Ovis Aries, you noble beast

Dear Ovis Aries, let my soul feast

On your virtue, beauty, ways that enchant,

Dear Quadrupedal Ruminant.

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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Great writing and....

An excellent tribute to the preferred companions of many a high country farmer and certainly one article that I hope does not fall into the hands of the defense lawyer for a BumbleTown - NZ 'farmer' currently on trial for an equally intense, though unhealthily different love for his woolly jumper! Thanks for this.. well done.... Bahhhh.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Pearldiver. When I saw that you had made a comment, my mind went into overdrive. There are rumours, you know. Welsh farmers and... I shall say no more. Thank you so much for your appreciation.


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donna bamford 5 years ago from Canada

A beautiful tribute to a noble animal. delightful Twilight from beginning to end.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Tongue in cheek, Donna, but where would we be without our little woolly friends?


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Reflecting Pool 5 years ago from The other side of the coop

Tom did indeed wax poetic over his beloved Betty! Well done! Makes me want to go out and buy myself this noble companion! Hahaha! Loved it! How do you do this? Fantastic rhymage!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

It's because I'm wonderful, RP. (Only joking) Thank you for the comment. Also great that you stopped by and took the time to read this sllly verse


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Reflecting Pool 5 years ago from The other side of the coop

How does Dulcie fare with Betty? At a distance it might be hard to explain who's who.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Betty's bigger!


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oliversmum 5 years ago from australia

Twilight Lawns. Hi. Wow this is a wonderful poem.

I love sheep, they are so warm and cuddly.

Many years back, we had one as a pet, she was beautiful.

Happy Australia Day.

Loved your poem, thanks for sharing it with us.Voted up. :) :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for stopping by and reading this. And happy Australia Day to you too. My Betty, the inspiration for the poem (plus some tongue in cheek humour) actually lived with us in Maylands which is a suburb of Perth W.A.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

You are FANTASTIC.

you really are so amazing at rhyming without trying too hard, and the way your lines flow when spoken out loud is flawless.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

So I sneaked a humorous bit of verse past you. Phew.

I am actually reading your comments shortly after you have written them, so I am on a high.

I, being relatively new to HP (not as new as you), have been a little wary of putting too much into the open, as I find it difficult to bare my soul, but with comments like that, I feel vindicated.

Thank you very much.


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I feel very lucky/blessed to have received such a huge amount of feedback in just 2 weeks.

I'm not sure how I got so much publicity so quickly. Maybe all the right people found me.

Baring my soul seems to be my calling, haha


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I think it is not luck at all, but that nebulous quality that not enough people have on HP... Talent!

And you, I feel, have it in bag loads.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Beautiful tribute to a beautiful animal. I have been thinking about a couple goats but now maybe a sheep...

I enjoyed so much.

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I'm glad you liked it. Just let me say that, if a sheep wants to go in a north-easterly direction and you want it to go south... forget it. They are very powerful and solid animals.

Cuddly?

Yes.

Sweet tempered?

Yes!

Willful?

Double yes!

Thanks for dropping by. Please come again.


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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

Finally, another poem about sheep. I was getting tired of Mary Had a Little Lamb. Great job with the poem. I kind of want my own sheep now. I'd like to teach it how to fetch, but I'm not sure sheep are smart enough to do that. Maybe I'll settle for a wolf in sheep's clothing, that way everyone will at least think I own a sheep. On second thought, I was always more of a monkey guy. Maybe a monkey in sheep's clothing. Or a sheep in monkey's clothing. I don't know, I'll figure it out. But great poem, voted up.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, What is Q. Food for thought, I suppose; but a sheep in a little red buttoned up jacket and a pillbox hat? That's the only type of clothing I have seen on monkeys... apart from the little bugger who bit my ear, And I wasn't looking at his dress sense, I was looking at his teeth.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the "poem". Please come again.

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