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Lullaby #6

by Vahni Capildeo



sheep   sheepsheep sheep,sheep,sheep   sHEEp

sheep, sheep, sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

eep   Sheep…   I want to be seeing

these sheep with you   seeing the same

sheep you would be seeing   you should

be sleeping now… I bet you’re not


So should I   sleepless   the motor’s

juddery cradlesong going miles


Let the giraffes out of the zoo

Let them roam Queen’s Park Savannah


The sheep must be nibbling the turf

Green and grey and fine and coarse

The grain of grass too far to see

Only   though further   the sea

Only   and further   blue   the sea


Lullaby #7

Published: October 2020
Vahni Capildeo

is Writer in Residence at the University of York, where their research focus is on silence. Recent work includes Skin Can Hold (Carcanet, 2019), Odyssey Calling (Sad Press, 2020) and Light Site (Periplum Poetry, 2020), reflecting Capildeo’s interest in place, plurilingualism, and immersive or participatory performance, such as Trinidad’s traditional masquerade.

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journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.