PASTORAL III

Monica McClure

Someday child likes to sleep

On the job I lie down in green pastures


There are acres on which to become

Precious, kept, and lovely 


I was given a rod so fine 

So full of wrath a lamb so plump 

With a lion’s share 


Wolves carried my message on their fangs

To cities where gates jingle and

All slaughterhouses overflow 


Money, I learned, is uninhabitable 


What has my baby done to deserve peace? 

My sheep will guard you as I have guarded them


And in this way, you’ll never owe

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Monica McClure is the author of Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015), Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), Boss Parts 1& 2 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014), and Mood Swing (Snacks Press 2013).