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As It Should Be


Across our creek sheep mow

the hillside, their scent

pungent as fuel’s fumes. But

they give back, nourish the soil

for next spring’s pasture.


Their instinct leads them

to linger high on the hillside

where parasite cycles

drain away with rain, making

what they munch on a patch

of Eden rightly theirs.

Nancy K. Jentsch’s poetry has appeared recently in Amethyst Review, Braided Way and Verse-Virtual. Her chapbook, Authorized Visitors, was published in 2017 (Cherry Grove Collections) and Between the Rows, her first poetry collection, can be purchased from Shanti Arts and online booksellers. She has retired after 37 years of teaching at Northern Kentucky University and finds a bounty of inspiration for her writing in her family and her rural home. More information is available on her website:

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