Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Saturday 12 September 2009

"Free The Romney One!" - A Lamb's Tale

Following JuliaM's excellent post on the subject, the saga of Marcus (or Market) the sheep continues to cause much mirth and merriment in the Tavern, particularly since the animal has had to go into hiding to forestall any rescue attempts by the (depressingly unoriginal) Save Our Sheep campaign or Paul O'Grady.

A poor little lamb’s been hidden away,
Baa, baa, baa,
Since he made the front page yesterday,
Baa, baa, baa.
On Monday he goes to meet his fate;
He'll end up cooked on someone’s plate
Though Megan’s mum got in a terrible state,
Baa, baa, baa.

The kids of Lydd have had their say,
Baa, baa, baa,
Thirteen to one said ‘Chops today’,
Baa, baa, baa.
No room for sentimentality
Or offers of hospitality,
Just a lesson in basic reality,
Baa, baa, baa.

Update: for some good comments on this story, see Mark Wadsworth.


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