by Dakota Moos
decay-black tar engulfs four cloven hooves stuck in a valley slew. the feet struggle, wrenching and kicking, splashing pearl white wool with filth-dark muck, matting it. swirling oil refracts the rainbow sunlight as it curls around the trapped creature’s knees and, pooling under its belly, stains the wool. pooling liquid reflects back a soft nose as hooves below calm. rectangle pupils, long curls, propeller ears, scars from many struggled rescues: all are warped in the flowing oil, yet as colorful as Joseph’s coat. soft wool grows heavy with gunk, pulling the soaked wool down. the sheep collapses. piss starts pooling behind it, mingling stink with the muck-oil. bleating cries echo in the mountain. hooves vainly try to move the sludge. the struggle, sinks it deeper until exhaustion curls around its shaking body. its tongue curls out of its mouth, desperate for its soaked wool to be free. the weight is crushing. lungs struggle to expand, to breathe. hope begins pooling with the sinful tar ensnaring its hooves. the iridescent attraction of oil is a mere facade masking the tar. oil brings the sheep close, traps, and seeps into curls of wool, dragging it deeper. once its hooves were planted by the Shepherd with white wool. then it ran, choosing tar o’er the pooling love in the Master’s voice. now ears struggled to hear it, yearning. will He come? struggle- exhaustion, the weak sheep surrenders. oil wins til He spots His sheep in the pooling murk. immediately He reaches, curls His crook around the sticky neck, rips wool clumps out, and grabs His beloved’s tar-hooves. His grace cleanses, pooling and washing the struggles, sins, clinging to my hooves. anoint with holy oil and Christ’s blood these dirtied curls till I’m white as wool.
Dakota Moos is originally from Soldotna, Alaska. Growing up in a Christian household and attending Christian school, she knew about the Lord from a young age, but it was not until highschool that she began to have a personal relationship with Christ. Much of this growth happened through exploring what it means to be a true follower of Christ through writing stories and poetry. Dakota is currently studying Secondary English Education at Colorado Christian University in hopes of someday sharing her experiences and love of writing with kids like her.