Because of the Wolves, We Count on Sheep-Introducing Teisha Twomey

[Poem by Teisha Twomey, photo of Maïa Vidal]

Eyes to the side, animal hides
Eyes to the front, animal hunts

In the habit of meaning well
Every ram assumes a posture

the refrain. What of the passive
prey, humming along? Old melodies

the lambs, as many likeable hush
and woolgatherers, practicing

kindness again and again—
but when the bough breaks

you must learn to understand
this narrative. We’ve lost

too much sleep
over lullabies.

TEISHA DAWN TWOMEY received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review. Her debut collection “How to Treat Pretty Things” was released by Stream~Lines earlier this year. She lives in Dedham, MA.

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