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Sheep Talk

Sheep Talk

A Poem by Seeker

Human sheep? Sheepish?


There’s a billion or so of us

Mostly in China, not the US

For us they say it’s baa baa

To them we say it’s bla bla

Name calling’s a human thing

For caprine folk, bells a-ringing


The really stupid among them

Are tagged “sheep”, trust me when

I say our numbers have just grown

By millions, but numbers to bemoan

For them we’re food and clothing

Humanoids called sheep, for us ain’t flattering


For countless just follow foolishly

What their leaders say hurriedly

And they vote for those at the helm

Won’t even nourish nor clothe them

From wars their survivors return

As heroes, with medals few will spurn


Their wars can be brutal, killing myriads

Some maimed for life or untold periods

Later abandoned, for other “sheep” to replace

More heroes ready to take their place

Fallen ones left by the wayside

Onto life’s numerous hostile rides

Wondering what hit them, yet sheep they deride


Our main combats are when rams

Butt heads, watched by ewes and lambs

To impress future mates

For life cycle’s sake

With no more than a headache

As casualties for those who partake


Since the very beginning

Not one caprine war launching

Happy to graze ‘n go reproducing

Don’t get humanish dear sheep

Else unhappiness will creep

In your lives, to fill with grief


©Alwi Shatry, All Rights Reserved, July 9, 2017

© 2017 Seeker

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Such technical language, yet such rhythm? Remarkable.


Posted 1 Month Ago

I like the technical and verbal way that you delivered your message. You kept the rhythm and push of the piece going all the way through. It is a powerful message and you delivered it wonderfully.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Words of encouragement Eddie. Thanks for visiting and reviewing.
over here, we not only blindly follow our leaders, we blindly elect them also......quite the political comment.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Thank you for that insightful comment, Jacob.
Those at the top, perhaps more than anyone els.. read more
"Our main combats are when rams
Butt heads, watched by ewes and lambs"

While the tone of this poem is solemn and serious, these lines made me laugh! Pissin' contests and posturing! While there are those (women) who tout that if women ran the world, there'd be no war, one hour perusing Facebook will shoot that argument down in a heartbeat. Does not being "catty" and shallow, casting shade on others you perceive to be "wrong" define "insecurity". The author's advice to not get "humanish" is a skillful and poetic way of saying "Ignorance is bliss." But that very ignorance is dangerous. I was able to connect to this piece in its entirety, especially the lines that describe how wounded warriors are cast aside for newer models, younger and dumber? This is timely and relevant to me in all ways and thank you for the heads up.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Wow Carol! A sobering review, beyond the usual platitudes. Agreed on the dangers of the bliss of i.. read more
Very nice to see a new poetic rhyming pattern I will also try it if you allow

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

You flatter me Writ J. But hey, we are here to share and learn.
nice thought and great way of expression.

its is good to share this poem in the current situation where peoples are treating like sheep and wars going on. Let everyone thinks after reading this poem.

May god bless you and wish all the success in your career.

Posted 3 Months Ago


3 Months Ago

Thank you for visiting and commenting Abraham.

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Added on July 9, 2017
Last Updated on July 12, 2017
Tags: Wisdom, foolishness, sheep



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