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poetry by j matthew waters

counting sheep


the rain is too much
preventing the last two doves from
locating the wayward ark
turkey vultures soaring undetected
circling high above singletary shepherds
determined and confident in their ability
to overcome the landscape
and account for every single lamb
entrusted to them by the good lord




march two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
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6 thoughts on “counting sheep

  1. Oh, this is an insanely beautiful piece. Literally. I read it about 5 times because it gave me such outstanding visuals in my head. My only suggestion (if you’re open to them) is the audio reading felt a little flat. Perhaps that is tone with which the piece was written – in which case it’s perfect. But if not, you might want to work on having a little more mood. That isn’t a criticism, just gentle feedback. I so enjoyed hearing you read this lovely poem. Bravo!

  2. This was a beautiful experience. I felt both a sense of despair and of tenacious hope simultaneously when I read this. It speaks volumes about the human experience to me within the span of a concise poem. Thank you for sharing!

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