"Late Night Rendezvous"

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Leaping sheep

"Late Night Rendezvous"

Sheep, leaping over a fence

in a tidy, timely manner.

Now, that’s my idea of heaven.

Not the chaotic crowd I view

night after night

from my sweat-stained sheets

laundered clean this morning.

My sheep shove against one another,

not wanting to be first or last in line.

Struggling to escape the plans I’ve made,

staring at me with their sneaky sheep eyes

trying to avoid further instruction.

These sheep won’t help me sleep.

They’re too unruly for that.

But I’m no shepherd

and they don’t like to be controlled.

Why are they out so late anyway?

Gretchen Houser is a retired paralegal, published writer and poet, formerly of Edmonds, now residing in Seattle, devoted lover of books and frequent contributor to Northwest Prime Time.

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