The Canadian Safe School Network would like to give honourable mention to the following Safe Schools Story Book Contest submission. Here is a beautiful poem entitled, “The Different Sheep” by 8th grade student Evelyn of Earl Marriott Secondary School. Evelyn’s message about diversity and inclusion really aligns with CSSN’s values. Thanks for sharing, Evelyn! Keep up the great work!
The Different Sheep
There were four groups of sheep, only four.
There weren’t less there weren’t more, four, four, four!
There were white sheep, grey sheep, brown and black.
The rest was history, no sheep ever looked back!
The white sheep were dumb, pretty and annoying;
The grey sheep were smart but rude and boring;
The black sheep were nasty, scary and mean;
At least that’s how the other sheep thought they did seem.
And at last came the brown sheep, all ignorant and popular.
They were the best of all, on top, spectacular!
Now one day at school, a brown sheep dropped her pencil,
But soon off the ground lifted the writing utensil.
The brown sheep looked up and saw the black sheep.
He was smiling, not nasty, scary or mean!
She took the pencil and started to think;
Maybe he wasn’t so bad, as he flashed her a wink.
On the walk home from school they had beautiful weather,
And when the black sheep saw the brown sheep he felt as light as a feather.
Slowly, the black sheep walked over to the white,
And very, very slowly, the black sheep said “Hi!”
Soon after that, they became friends,
And they played together secretly again and again.
One day a white sheep found them playing catch;
She turned to tell her friends, but soon after turned right back.
She joined in quickly, tossing the ball,
And bouncing it a few times against the school wall.
A grey sheep saw them playing, and drew in a gasp,
Thinking with his brain, he knew his task.
He caught the ball when the brown sheep couldn’t,
And kept playing catch, though they knew they shouldn’t.
One day they thought, let’s spread the word!
Let’s spread the word, let it fly like a bird!
The others were hesitant, nervous and scared,
What about the legends, the stories they’ve shared?
What about the stereotypes? Were they really true?
They’d never spoken to each other, they never knew!
Gradually they joined in playing catch, everywhere.
From morning to night, they didn’t care!
They had play dates and shared secrets, in and out of school.
They all played together, they forgot about the rules!
Forgetting the rumors, they blended together;
They would all be best friends, best friends forever!