Poems of the Week

San Jerónimo Park’s Sheep

by Jerome Betts

“Thanks to a local vet and a group of concerned
ecologists, the churra lebrijana breed has been
rescued from extinction”
The Guardian

As ovines (Iberian) go
Shaggy churras were not Best in Show.
Mattress wool? No demand. What a blow!
The breed appeared doomed and de trop.

But now three in Seville bleat hello
To children who watch as they mow
And greet them with glee, all aglow,
There’s a chance that their numbers will grow.