Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Good shepherd

Hey guys, I've been out of the blogdom since before Christmas but have been writing mostly poetry in the time gone by so I thought I'd post a couple of poem while I think through what my blog is for.

The first is about shepherd who finds on returning to the sheep pen that he is missing one of his sheep. Such is his love for that sheep that he leaves the other 99 and goes after the 1 that is missing. Such is his love. This is the story.

The good shepherd
The rain fell fast
and the wind blew cold
as the shepherd huddled
inside the sheep fold.
He counted once
and once again,
just to be sure
all his sheep were home.
But where 100 should be
only 99 stood,
So, taking his crook
and donning his hood,
He closed up the gate,
his love burnt like the sun,
and leaving the rest
he set out for the one.
The good shepherd walked
out into the dark night
searching the hilltops
by the guttering moonlight.
Every pasture he checked,
then when all those were through,
to the back-ways he went
looking pleasant and green
but easy to get lost
and lose where you'd been.
As darkness drew closer,
the shepherd ploughed on
the love in his heart
was the light that he shone,
til far in the distance
a faint bleat he heard
bursting into a run
by his lost lamb's cry, spurred,
and there on a cliff
was the sheep that he sought,
bedraggled and wet,
forlorn and distraught.
Then onto his sholders
the good shepherd hung
the poor tired sheep;
its master had come.
And back to the city
the good shepherd ran,
such was his joy at finding his lamb.
For though it was lost
in the darkness, alone,
the good shepherd came
and brought his lamb home.


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