LEAVIN’ THE 99

“Poor Lil’ Brack Sheep”

by Ethyl M.C. Brazelton

“Poor lil’ brack sheep that stray’d away
Done los’ in de win’ and rain
An’de shepherd he say: “oh, hirlin’
Go and find my sheep again.”
An de hirlin’ froun, “Oh, Shepherd,
“Dat sheep am brack and bad..”
But de Shepherd, he smile like de brack sheep
Wuz de onliest lamb he had”

“An’ he say, “O hirelin’, hasten!
For de win’ an’ de rain am col’
An dat lil’ brack sheep am lonesome
Out dere so far from de fol'”.
An’ de hirelin froun, “O Shepherd,
Dat sheep am old and grey.”
But de Shepherd he smile like de brack sheep,
Wuz fair as de break ob day.

An he say, “o hirelin’, hasten”
Lo, here is de ninety an’ nine,
But dere way off from de sheepfol’,
Is dat lil’ brack sheep of mine.”
An’ de hirelin froun, “O Shepherd,
De rest ob de sheep am here”
But de Shepherd he smile like de brack sheep,
He hol’ it mostes’ dear.

An’ de Shepherd go out in de darkness,
Where de night was col’ and bleak,
An de lil’ brack sheep, he fin’ it,
An he lay it agains’ his cheek.
An de hirelin’ froun, “o, Shepherd,
Don’ bring dat sheep to me.”
But de Shepherd, he smile, an’ he hol’ it close,
An’ de lil’ brack sheep is me!

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Posted on October 9, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. But de Shepherd he smile like de brack sheep,
    He hol’ it mostes’ dear.

    An’ de Shepherd go out in de darkness,
    Where de night was col’ and bleak,
    An de lil’ brack sheep, he fin’ it,
    An he lay it agains’ his cheek.
    An de hirelin’ froun, “o, Shepherd,
    Don’ bring dat sheep to me.”
    But de Shepherd, he smile, an’ he hol’ it close,
    An’ de lil’ brack sheep is me!

    I had a friend (a shepherd himself) who had strayed from the pack and was alone in a storm of darkness. Not knowing how to reach this stray, I went to another sheepherder to learn what to do. When he answered me, my spirit was jarred and tears came to my eyes.

    The “wisdom” he imparted to me was this: “DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME”.

    Thanks Dennis for this wonderful picture of who our Shepherd really is.

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