Bio Note: Recent work out 2019 in New American Writing, The Kerf. I taught through California Poets in the Schools, received several CAC grants and taught poetry workshops through the William James Association’s Prison Arts Program, including at the infamous Folsom Prison in Represa, CA. My third poetry book Cathedral of the Hand was published 2016 by Finishing Line Press. I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize December 2019 by The Kerf, College of the Redwoods. Two new works are pending in 2020: Poetry Pacific, Psychological Perspectives.
The Village Lives in the Sheep; the Sheep in the Village
Several, ancient and steadfast, lounge on the green hills, while others, braver, escape stone walls to wander as though touring the nearby, shags of wool hanging off their chests, their eyes electric with storms. Those are the ones that return each century, stalwart and fat—their gait an old man’s, or the limping gait of the man who runs Ambleside’s butcher shop, his apron stiff with blood, cleaver in hand. Some villagers think sheep are apostles, especially those that dare stray, and who, upon return to their flock relay what they foraged, a keening for their tribe.
©2020 Dianna Henning
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