The first time this goat fainted
I wanted to pack him in a crate
& ship him back home for his safety.

It’s hard as hell to watch him
lying on his back
with his stiff legs in the air

& he faints a lot;
barking dogs, slamming doors,
starting up the ol’ John Deere.

If I could speak goat,
I’d be tempted to tell him
he’s not in Tennessee.

But then again, if I do,
I’ll likely have to listen
to him go on & on about

his great, great, granddaddy
coming to America all the way
from Nova Scotia. Bleat, bleat.

Looking at him,
it’s no surprise if he falls over again
telling me about the lost tribe

of Bible thumpers
confessing their sins to him
before running him off.

It’s his eyes,
his Marty Feldman eyes,
that are so unsettling.

Really, what can I say?
I’m not a goat whisperer,
but my gut tells me

it’s not a good idea to tell him
he’s in Texas, or he’ll jump around
& fall over all the more.

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I have one book of poetry published in Tucson by Moon Pony Press in 2009 titled, The Certainty of Looking Elsewhere. My poetry has been published in numerous small presses including: Dark Horse, Gargoyle, 6ix, Tor House Newsletter, The Moth & Zocalo Magazine.