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If Sheep Could Only Talk

If Sheep Could Only Talk

Who knows where the sheep go at night? The gate is always open and they are in groups of five or six, and this is going to sound strange, they appear to be gossiping—talking over the nights’ doing, as it were..
When they see me--they spread out—away from their groups. I wouldn’t be surprised if they began whistling to show that nothing was going on but I know better.
I asked Butch, my next-door neighbor, (if you can call ten acres away next door) if he was having the same problem with his sheep but he laughed and asked if I thought they had night jobs or were going to the truck stop and putting out?
There’s no doubt that Butch will be at the barber shop tomorrow getting a trim and spreading the word of my sheep problem and thoughts. I shouldn’t have said anything.
So I stayed up last night with the house lights off and the exterior lights on and I saw Woolly, our sheep dog, the same off white color as the sheep, amble over to the gate, stand up on his hind paws, an…

The Things We Draw on Maps




The Things We Draw on Maps


There are men who write

where men don’t speak

peaceful revolts

which overthrow bloodthirsty kings

business men who give undeserved gifts

music in the middle of a battlefield

strawberries in the woods

people who meet & understand each other

amazing triumphs of love with no strings attached

There are small precarious paradises

along the path we walk

on the shore of a wild monstrous sea

where it smells like grilled fish

& festive laughter

where we play without rules and balance

in unison on large red hammocks

where we embrace & lose track of time.

Where we forget with cheerful vehemence


Sergio A. Ortiz


Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal.  He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.


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