A poem by Philip Dean Brown

Philip Dean Brown’s fiction and poetry appears in numerous magazines including Typehouse where his story won 3rd prize in their fiction competition. His story Helpless won a PEN Syndicated Fiction award. His haiku was on display in downtown Tucson.

Not Far Behind

We shepherds came down from the

mountain herding what needed

to be herded. Not much did. We

all knew where we were headed.

Urged the cattle down from the hills.

Year after forever year edging them

down.

Fattened them for the end. Not one

of us shepherds far behind.

Now that you're here

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