holding hands
family we've built
sharing our toughest stories 

miles apart
friends we've forgotten
cherish time we're allotted

This week’s Wea’ve Written Weekly prompt is from Sadje, who asks us to write an elfchen poem, with the added challenge of writing a second elfchen poem that opposes the first. The structure of the elfchen (or “elevenie”) looks like this:

11A thought, an object, a color, a smell or the like
22What does the word from the first row do?
33Where or how is the word of row 1?
44What do you mean?
51Conclusion: What is the outcome?

The sheep in the image above are two three-month-old lambs that we are raising. They’re technically brother and sister, but I suppose they could be friends as well. They mimic each other, turning the heads the same way– or the opposite way, almost like a mirror image.

A couple weeks ago, our five-year-old thought to “help” feed the sheep and accidentally let the brother out of their fenced-in area. (Of course, he does this when Dad isn’t home and Mom’s minding the fort solo.) The clueless lamb was roaming all over our yard, and his sister kept trying to get to him, confused that the fence was blocking her way. It took all three kids, and our dog (and lots of barking and bleating) to help me bring him near enough to the entrance so that I could sort of pick him up and push him back inside the pen. As soon as his sister spotted him, they sprinted toward each other and exchanged a cute little sheep hug.

26 thoughts on “Companions

  1. Your children will remember this escapade and tell their own stories about it. How lucky they are to be a part of raising lambs. (and how lucky for this lamb to be reunited with his sister) And perhaps a lucky break for you to get the lamb re-penned and to get this poem!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, definitely a lucky situation all around! My husband is more of the farmer, so I’m always glad when I can fix an animal-related issue on my own (or with help from my kids and the dog lol) 😁


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