Bill Ayres taught Sunday school for children at Wycliffe Presbyterian Church is Virginia before the pandemic. His poetry collection is What Passes for Wisdom.

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

by Bill Ayres 07-20-2021
A poem.
An illustration of sheep in a paradise, overlooking an ocean.

Illustration by Ric Carrasquillo

I’ve told you there are wolves out here.
Don’t you believe me?
You could fall in a hole
too deep to climb out of.
You could slip on wet rocks
and fall into the river and drown.
Good thing I noticed
your pink nose was missing.
Good thing I turn around
to check on what’s behind me.
Remember that leading the flock
I look forward to find tender grass.