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Poem: A Wandering Goat by the Sea

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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short-story writer who takes regular walks along the central coast.

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A Pet Goat

I've read that goats make good pets, especially the smaller ones. However, I'm not suggesting people trade in their dogs and cats for a goat. Some warnings are in order. Goats need a lot of attention, plenty of space, and can get extremely jealous. In other words, a high-maintenance pet.

Enjoy this poem, A Wandering Goat by the Sea. Also, check out my Youtube video poem of the same title.


Poem: A Wandering Goat by the Sea


The kid follows a sandy trail

by the ocean’s edge

Surprises the canines

and their owners

with his hooves, small tail

and pointed head


Cross-eyed

and goateed,

he is an alien

in the new world,

once raised for his milk, meat, and skin

now an adorable pet

for the upwardly mobile set


The pet goat can only bleat,

make a nagging plea

and complain about his strange

domestic life by the sea,

searching for his elusive herd

that’s nowhere in sight


He yearns for a partner in crime,

a friend to jump over rocks,

tear up a fence,

eat a vegetable garden,

or graze the sloping hills,

creating havoc in the countryside.



Comments

Kazim Shahbaz from Islamabad on November 13, 2020:

Amazing poem. You beautifully described emotions of the goat.

Rinita Sen on November 12, 2020:

Love the poem. Poor goat. It sure must miss its kind. I'm not sure it should be kept as a pet, unless there are at least two of them.

Lorna Lamon on November 12, 2020:

Having goats on our farm, I feel this little fella would be happier with his own kind. They are herd animals and become lonely if isolated in this way. A poignant poem Mark.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2020:

I love miniature goats. An enjoyable poem, Mark. Cheers.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 11, 2020:

The kid seems a bit lost but hopefully he’ll adjust.

Mark Tulin (author) from Ventura, California on November 11, 2020:

Hopefully, the little guy will adjust to his new environment. Thanks, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 11, 2020:

Mark,

This poor little calf must feel so out of place. I wonder if the water spooks the little guy.

I am glad he is someone's pet rather than just wandering off and finding himself there.

Great video of poem also.