Woolly Tale

Lambs to the Slaughter

Softest warmth and cosy comfort

Fluffy, hirsute, light as dusters

Fills the distaff during hours,

Lived and lost but won for welfare.

Warp and weft bring amplest texture.

Surely gained through timely tenure

Fixed to loom with bright inflexion,

Wear and tear give sweet protection.


Lambs must offer their safe haven,

Bleating sorrowful, disclosed

After shearing and the shepherd

Leave their tender skin exposed.

Surly season will turn better,

Once the sun can lose its fetter:

As the flower season blossoms

All the songbirds bust their bosoms.


Sound and colour bring us pleasure,

Happy we, to gain such treasure.

When the charming era falters

Then our need for soft warmth alters.

Yet the sheep carouse at leisure

Bleating songs of summer measure

Growing fells of softest treasure

Until fall brings chill displeasure.


People in their safe snug havens

Might soon sip the warming potions,

Never think of outward motions.

Surely sheep will grow their woollens.

Though the wet appeals for wellies

And the fierce chill calls for woollies

They will ride the tides like lilies,

White and pure, in groups and bevvies.


Easter brings the great fierce slaughter,

Every human shifts to traitor.

But the sheep greet their vocation,

Bleating shrill in salutation

As the lambs of gods meander

Through the pastures of vile slander

Even to their endless fate

Giving wool to gain a mate.

My old Spinning Wheel

©HMH, 2023






4 responses to “Woolly Tale”

  1. Debi Ennis Binder avatar

    I LOVE this! I see sheep in a new light now–all warm and snuggly…and useful!

    1. Hanne H avatar
      Hanne H

      They certainly are useful. Warm and snuggly too, but they all have their personalities, and it is unwise to turn your back to a ram. I tried it once and landed on my backside. . .

  2. Anna Casamento Arrigo avatar
    Anna Casamento Arrigo


    1. Hanne H avatar
      Hanne H

      Thank you so much, Anna!

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