Category Archives: Animals

Baa Baa Wordsworth

 

 

 

….turning, saw, as one sees in a dream,

It was a Sheep had broke the moorland peace

With his sad cry, a creature who did seem

The blackest thing that ever wore a fleece

 

I walked towards him on the stony track

And, pausing for a while between two crags

I asked him,’Have you wool upon your back?’

Thus he bespake, ‘Enough to fill three bags.’

 

Most courteously, in measured tones he told

Who would receive each bag and where they dwelt;

And oft, now years has passed and I am old,

I recollect with joy that inky pelt.

 

 

To read more of this nursery rhyme as it might have been written by William Wordsworth, or Hickory Dickory Dock in the style of T S Eliot, seek out Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis by Wendy Cope ( ff Classics)

The Dictionary of Animal Languages: Heidi Sopinka

We meet Ivory Frame, the protagonist of Sopinka’s tale when she is aged ninety-two but still  receiving surprises from life. And what a life it’s been. Being at first passionate about painting she has devoted the greater part of her life to recording the languages of animals…before they all become extinct. Continue reading The Dictionary of Animal Languages: Heidi Sopinka