Meet a character in my memoir

Draft No. 4

To the memory of Freckles, sheep super mother, and my teacher.

In my decade as a grass farmer, as a shepherd, my lambs came in the middle of April. They dropped heavy and wet and wriggling onto the pasture. The spring grass was shiny and emerald green, as billowy as a blanket across the ground, and for a time made southern Ohio look like Ireland. Every morning, such sweet newborn lambs they were, coming into my arms dazed and ethereal. And the colors! Ice-milk white, strawberry roan, and khaki tan. Dark chocolate, rich mahogany spotted, black as coal. These were Katahdins, a product of the American melting pot, the proud claim of Maine, where beer heir Michael Piel created them in the 1950s.

In a passage since cut from my memoir in progress, an experiment in third-person, present-tense narration, I describe a rainy April morning during lambing:

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SimplePlan – Jet Lag

What time is it where you are?
I miss you more than anything
Back at home you feel so far
Waitin for the phone ring
It’s getting lonely livin upside down
I don’t even wanna be this town
Tryin to figure out the time
Zones makin me crazy

You say good morning
When it’s midnight
Going out of my head
Alone in this bed
I wake up to your sunset
It’s drivin me mad
I miss you so bad
And my heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Is so jetlagged

What time is it where you are?
5 more days and I’LL be home
I keep your picture in my car
I hate the thought of you alone
I been keeping busy all the time
Just to try to keep you off my mine
Tryin to figure out the time
Zones makin me crazy

You say good morning
When it’s midnight
Going out of my head
Alone in this bed
I wake up to your sunset
It’s drivin me mad
I miss you so bad
And my heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Is so jetlagged

I’ve been keepin busy all time
Just to try to keep you off my mind
Tryin to figure out the time
Zones makin me crazy
I miss you so bad
I wanna share your horizon
And see the same sunrising
Turn the hour hand back to
When you were holding me

You say good morning
When it’s midnight
Going out of my head
Alone in this bed
I wake up to your sunset
It’s drivin me mad
I miss you so bad
And my heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Heart heart heart is so jetlagged
Is so jetlagged

Stay Beautiful

 

Cory’s eyes are like a jungle

He smiles, it’s like the radio

He whispers songs into my window

In words nobody knows

There’s pretty girls on every corner

That watch him as he’s walking home

Saying, does he know

Will you ever know

 

[Chorus]

You’re beautiful

Every little piece love, don’t you know

You’re really gonna be someone, ask anyone

When you find everything you looked for

I hop your life leads you back to my door

Oh but if it don’t, stay beautiful

 

Cory finds another way to be

The highlight of my day

I’m taking pictures in my mind

So I can save them for a rainy day

It’s hard to make conversation

When he’s taking my breath away

I should say, hey by the way

 

[Repeat Chorus]

 

If you and I are a story

That never gets told

If what you are is a daydream

I’ll never get to hold, at least you’ll know

 

[Repeat Chorus]