Black Sheep


Tramore -Dunmore-East Road, Co. Waterford

the black sheep trots by

carrying lots of stray thoughts

in his difference





Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

12 thoughts on “Black Sheep”

  1. I am the black sheep in my family … And so, may I re-write…. Taken as a yes 🙂
    The black sheep trots by
    Aware of others judgments
    Is indifferent now

    1. Val, delighted to have a re-write from your perspective.
      For me, black sheep tend to stand out because of their incredible beauty. In human terms, I wonder do many ‘black sheep’ of families perceive themselves as being ‘black sheep’ or are they ‘trotting gaily along?

  2. Love both haikus! Black sheep may once have been “undesirable” but I think that has changed. Many of us do not want to be “just one of the flock”. We’d rather stand out and proud and be our own person!
    Nice job, ladies!

    1. Thanks Dale! I think there is a big difference between ‘black sheep.’ There’s the ones who stray off the rails completely and get into criminality etc and then those who are simply doing their own. I guess the whole lot were more lumped together in times past by families and communities but hopefully there’s a lot more acceptance of the latter group now, even admiration. Maybe some of the criminality of the first group could be headed off if their straying was more understood and channelled from very early.

      1. I would like to think so. Being different and being ostracized is enough to send one down a less desirable path – what if, instead, one was loved for this difference?

  3. Sometimes we want to be one of the crowd but each of us is unique in our own way which makes us different…so we stand out…

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