The Dog's Tale

Spring on Dartmoor

Dartmoor sheep 1

Here on Dartmoor, which is sheep country, we know that spring is truly here when the lambs are gamboling in the fields. These photographs of whiteface sheep and their lambs were taken by my friend Helen Mason on a Dartmoor farm on Easter morning.

Dartmoor sheep 2

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When the Animals
by Gary Lawless

When the animals come to us
      asking for our help
      will we know what they are saying?

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When the plants speak to us
      in their delicate, beautiful language
      will we be able to answer them?

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When the planet herself
      sings to us in our dreams,
      will we be able to wake ourselves and act?

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Dartmoor sheep 12"When Animals" by Gary Lawless was published in First Sight of Land (Blackberry Books, 1990); "Nass River" by Robert MacLean (in the picture captions) was published in In a Canvas Tent  (Sono Nis, 1984); all rights reserved by the authors. Helen Mason's photographs have appeared previous on Myth and Moor here and here.

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