The mob is run through the yards:
the ewes go on to the paddock
while the lambs are drafted out
to be castrated and docked.
After, the lambs are released, bleating.
Lambs and ewes find one another.

I thought to describe the scent
of my daughter and the best I have
is that she smells the way
the bleating lamb sounds to the ewe.







Ali Jane Smith’s first poetry collection, Gala was published in 2006 as part of the Five Islands Press New Poets Program. Her work has appeared in magazines and journals such as Southerly, Cordite, and Hecate. She has recorded readings for audio CD and has given readings in schools, universities, pubs, cafes, shopping malls and at festivals. The poem 'Synaesthesia' appears in Famous Reporter 44.