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SHEARING.

    Ag Day display
   a platform caged
   dunk tank of audience eyes
   Ewe shouldered in
   her lambs before her to distract
   They peck to clamp
   milk her
   punching bag of udders
   while she is vised between knees
   The shearer says he knows her
   anatomy, musculature
   where to push harder
   when to relent
   for the wool to pare in one piece
   The shorn bleat from the barn
   The lambs release
   She kicks up nicked, striated
   from where the blades clipped closer
   Before the crop is carded
   her wool begins to regrow
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Author:Meadows, Karen
Publication:Subtropics
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 22, 2017
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