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· A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

Short Stories
· The Black Widow Warrior, Chapter One, Combat Poets of Maya

· The Calling

· Finding the Right Critique Group

· Bringing the Dead to Life, Notes on Twilight

· Low Cost Book Publicity

· Writing a Novel With a Stuck Main Character

· Stories and Feelings

· Movies as Healing Journeys

· A Hearty Affair

· Ode To Invisibility

· Woman in Blue on Floor

· The Parade of Life

· Looking Back

· The One-Upspersonship Parade

· How Is It?

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  The Deadly Sheep
by Bill Johnson
Thursday, December 16, 2004
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The Deadly Sheep

When a relationship ends in these modern times

where is one to find

a sword one can fall upon to lance the boil of one's grief?

Are we supposed to hang ourselves now

from Argyle socks from Scotland

signed by the sheep who grew the wool?

Or would cotton tube socks from K-Mart suffice?

Or would they only brand us as low-lifes

deserving only to live on

with our feelings put on ice?

My lost love would suggest

that finding a field dotted with pliant, day-dreaming sheep

would be an inexpensive way to relieve my shallow grief.

As I ponder these varied scenes

sword, socks or pliant sheep

I realize there's a crease in my silk sheets

only a mild annoyance

but in my case it will have to serve for grief

at least, if my lost love is to be believed,

until I can corner some sloe-eyed sheep loitering in a field

and so assuage my minor grief.

At the least if falling on a sheep does nothing for my grief

it will get me through another slow morning without you

another slow afternoon without you

another slow night without you.

Even the widest crease in the finest silk sheet

could not keep me from such a wonderful feast

not according to my lost love, at least

and where else could I ever hope to find

such a dispassionate expert

on my state of grief?   



Bill Johnson is the author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook. He is also the web master of, a web site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays. Spirit is now available on Amazon Kindle,

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  3. What Will Be
  4. The Freight Train
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  6. I Wish I Knew
  7. This Woman
  8. Encounters: Little Red Riding Hood (and ot
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  10. Absurd Valley
  11. The Dancer
  12. What is Left
  13. Standing Tall
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