Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SHEEP, by CARL SANDBURG

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SHEEP, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Thousands of sheep, soft-footed, black-nosed sheep
Last Line: Hills with your hoofs.
Subject(s): Sheep

Thousands of sheep, soft-footed, black-nosed sheep -- one by one going up the hill and over the
fence -- one by one four-footed pattering up and over -- one by one wiggling their stub tails
as they take the short jump and go over -- one by one silently unless for the multitudinous
drumming of their hoofs as they move on and go over -- thousands and thousands of them in the
grey haze of evening just after sundown -- one by one slanting in a long line to pass over the
hill --

I am the slow, long-legged Sleepyman and I love you sheep in Persia, California, Argentine,
Australia, or Spain -- you are the thoughts that help me when I, the Sleepyman, lay my hands
on the eyelids of the children of the world at eight o'clock every night -- you thousands and
thousands of sheep in a procession of dusk making an endless multitudinous drumming on the
hills with your hoofs.

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