The Sheep by Ellis Parker Butler
The Sheep adorns the landscape rural
And is both singular and pluralâ€”
It gives grammarians the creeps
To hear one say, â€œA flock of sheeps.â€
The Sheep is gentle, meek and mild,
And led in herds by man or childâ€”
Being less savage than the rabbit,
Sheep are gregarious by habit.
The Sheep grows wool and thus promotes
The making of vests, pants and coatsâ€”
Vests, pants and coats and woolen cloths
Provide good food for hungry moths.
With vegetables added to
The Sheep, we get our mutton stewâ€”
Experiments long since revealed
The Sheep should first be killed and peeled.
Thus, with our debt to them so deep,
All men should cry â€œPraise be for Sheep!â€â€”
And, if we happen to be shepherds,
â€œPraise be theyâ€™re not as fierce as leopards!â€