The sheep are gathered from the field and hill
and transported by various means to the sheep fank*
They wait their turn
As this age old dance takes place
Each knowing their steps in this complicated reel.
Down they go
round and round
Then out they go - and next set please!
It is an easy gentle rhythm - punctuated by jokes and laughter
and the occasional blocked drain.
And boys are welcomed into the fold
- held up to see and wonder - and learn
as this spiral dance continues on.
and the sheep are soon back where they belong.
* fank - from the Gaelic word fangi - temporary enclosure or corral.