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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 07:20 am

tailsuppoem #1

the famous sculptor casting carl sandburg
in bronze added a nubian goat to the pedestal
(sandburg liked goats) the galesburg committee
wants the tail down the sculptor objects I agree
let me tell you about goats I grew up with them
you may already know they have green yellow
flecked eyes enigmatic horizontal black pupils
little wattles some grow stiletto horns all have
perky tails usually held high you can see the
goat’s bung hole yes but it’s a tidy one they
make marbles like rabbits and here’s the
fascinating thing a goat has no hair on the tail’s
underside just a triangle of smooth sweet skin
our cows needed their tails washed before
milking a cow tail can get rather dirty but not
goats that patch of hairless flesh is warm
pink clean (my grandson googled nubian
goats we do sometimes check our assumptions–
he found a rear view of nubians every tail
alert I bet carl sandburg knew undersides of
goats’ tails I bet carl sandburg would say let
my goat be natural if the curious notice they’ll
learn something interesting about capra nubiana

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