Richard Burton

(1861-1940 / United States)

Black Sheep - Poem by Richard Burton

From their folded mates they wander far,
   Their ways seem harsh and wild;
They follow the beck of a baleful star,
   Their paths are dream-beguiled.

Yet haply they sought but a wider range,
   Some loftier mountain-slope,
And little recked of the country strange
   Beyond the gates of hope.

And haply a bell with a luring call
   Summoned their feet to tread
Midst the cruel rocks, where the deep pitfall
   And the lurking snare are spread.

Maybe, in spite of their tameless days
   Of outcast liberty,
They're sick at heart for the homely ways
   Where their gathered brothers be.

And oft at night, when the plains fall dark
   And the hills loom large and dim,
For the Shepherd's voice they mutely hark,
   And their souls go out to him.

Meanwhile, "Black sheep! Black sheep!" we cry,
   Safe in the inner fold;
And maybe they hear, and wonder why,
   And marvel, out in the cold.

Comments about Black Sheep by Richard Burton

  • (12/7/2007 3:53:00 AM)

    Very Nice Richard...I'm happy to be the first comment on this poem. What a beautiful and well crafted poem. you get a 10 from me (great ending) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

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