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The Sheep
by Ellis Parker Butler

The Sheep adorns the landscape rural
And is both singular and plural—
It gives grammarians the creeps
To hear one say, “A flock of sheeps.”

The Sheep is gentle, meek and mild,
And led in herds by man or child—
Being less savage than the rabbit,
Sheep are gregarious by habit.

The Sheep grows wool and thus promotes
The making of vests, pants and coats—
Vests, pants and coats and woolen cloths
Provide good food for hungry moths.

With vegetables added to
The Sheep, we get our mutton stew—
Experiments long since revealed
The Sheep should first be killed and peeled.

Thus, with our debt to them so deep,
All men should cry “Praise be for Sheep!”—
And, if we happen to be shepherds,
“Praise be they’re not as fierce as leopards!”

Location – in some paddock somewhere along the Woodend/Romsey Rd., (Vic, Aus)

Taken with a Canon PowerShot SX40 HS.
Edited in PS CS5.1

Tags

sheep, woodend road, macedon ranges, maree cardinale

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Comments

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 2 years ago

    Terrific work, Maree!!

  • Thanks Donna :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 2 years ago

    outstanding image and work just so beautiful love this lee

  • Thanks very much Lee :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesabout 2 years ago

    Lovely shot and PP Maree ….. love the last line of the poem too !

    Thus, with our debt to them so deep,
    All men should cry “Praise be for Sheep!”—
    And, if we happen to be shepherds,
    “Praise be they’re not as fierce as leopards!”

  • Hi Trudi. Thanks very much. Yes it is a great last line :D

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 2 years ago

    It’s gorgeous, love the processing… is anything safe from you ?

  • lol… nope… oh hang on, yes there is, generally people who are homeless or helpless… not a strict rule, but a general one :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Awesome capture Maree.

  • Thanks Julie :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Emma-M-1D
    Emma-M-1Dabout 2 years ago

    This is beautiful!

  • Thanks very much Emma :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 2 years ago

    wow, really beautiful. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  • Thanks sweetheart xox

    – Maree Cardinale

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroeabout 2 years ago

    wonderful capture:)

  • Hi Robin xoxoxox Thanks :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    What a beautifully composed and presented image! Lovely sheep, all clean and freshly sheared! Love it!

  • Thanks Angie. Yes she was just so beautiful and I can’t help thinking what a lovely neat job the shearer did :)

    – Maree Cardinale

  • anchorsofhope
    anchorsofhopeabout 2 years ago

    So beautiful

  • Thanks! :)

    – Maree Cardinale

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