The Domestication of Sheep
The first lambs were tended by women,
raised on a mother's breast, tricked
Rachel means ewe; I have no other name
to bind me to anything -
no fold to gather me.
But I do not think that to follow
is always foolish, and there is safety too
in the convention of a likeness;
to be a religion of sheep,
moved from pasture to pasture.
The inhabitants of Landes
oversaw their flock on stilts -
of command and direction.
The powerful will try,
to strip the weak of everything,
I am words spoken to a hollow
and they are wool and body and oil,
they are milk.
And yet, the colour
of joy is still the faltered curvet
of a newborn -
this is the economy of sheep.