Connie’s Poem “Little Lamb” On WNIJ Radio

Life on Heatherhope Farm provides inspiration.

Connie entered a poetry contest sponsored by our local NPR station, WNIJ. Of over 100 entries, she was selected as one of 6 to be read on air.

You can see her and both hear and see her poem “Little Lamb” at the station’s web site: just click here

 

Here is the text of Connie’s poem itself:

“Little Lamb”

“Little Lamb, who made thee?

Dost thou know who made thee?”

I am a child again, curious about

how things happen and

troubled by no clear answers.

I look upon the pure white lamb,

only three days old and failing,

lying motionless while siblings nurse.

Reaching into the pen,

I wrap its feather weight body

in a blue cotton towel

and carry it away from mother

who has already said good-by;

not able to nurse this weak, third baby.

“Little Lamb, who made thee…

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, wooly, bright…”

In the house now, on my lap

all I hear are pitiful rhythmic cries.

I stroke her wee wooly head

and gently rub the tummy,

full of milk from tube and bottle,

hoping against the odds.

“Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee…

He is called by thy name,

For he calls himself a Lamb…”

So I call upon the Lamb

to help this innocent one –

and wait and rock and wait,

kissing her limp, curly head.

A final sigh as limbs give way,

tears dropping one by one.

The Lamb of all creation  hears

and enfolds her into His bosom.

“Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Little Lamb, God bless thee!”

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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