Kepler Considers the Dimensions of a Sheep

Kepler Considers the Dimensions of a Sheep

The six directions which form a sheep,
are proof enough of Plan.
Plain to see why the head belongs on top:
to view the view. And why
The ewe must brace her hooves
against the earth. The belly
Rides beneath the back, to ease
digestion on its downward tract.
As teats are neatly placed in reach
of lambs, as baaah to bleat.
Front and back are circumspect
in this respect:
To come and go requires it,
while right and left are duplicates.
Probandum, one sheep, side by side,
Can progress, with alternating strides.

Linden Ontjes
first published in Ploughshares, vol. 27, no. 1, Spring
2001
edited by Heather McHugh

Kepler Considers the Dimensions of a Sheep

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