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Taught by Goats – Lyric Essay

Taught by Goats – Lyric Essay

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What do goats teach?

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You must slow down and be deliberate.

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If you are in a hurry the goats rebel.

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Don’t rush, latch the gate otherwise everyone will raid the barn, bounce across the milking stand, stuff their faces deep into the grain bucket, and ransack the hay bales.

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Slow down.

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One step at a time.

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Nature has her own rhythm; the light of day slowly fades to night until it is almost completely dark. Darkness unnoticed as it falls gradually while you secure the goats in their cozy stalls and lock the chickens away from the foxes. The foxes stock the chickens at night. They leave their footprints in the newly fallen snow.

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What do goats teach?

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They play ring around the house instead of going in to eat. What’s the problem? Are there ghosts inside? Oh, remember, it must either be a new moon or a full moon. Maybe it is the total darkness it brings, that is connected to a goat rule – if it is dark and Lori hasn’t closed us up for the night yet, it isn’t safe to go inside – RUN!

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Always be watchful.

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Goats’ heads all turn one direction. Motionless. Not a muscle twitches. Could be the Border Collie from next door. Or an elk. Or maybe a fox. Roosters shriek a warning if a fox is near.  Always be watchful. Always be aware.

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Pay attention. Or the goat will step in the bucket full of creamy white milk. Pay attention. Or the chickens will dash into the pasture. Pay attention. Or you might get sprayed by the skunk eating the cat food in the barn. Pay attention. Or you will bang your arthritic knees. Pay attention. Don’t lean over the back of a goat with horns. Pay attention to the wind. It brings the scent of spring or wildfire smoke. Pay attention to the clouds pouring over the mountain to the west. Will the thunderstorm catch you outside? Pay attention to the sunrise. It is red, it will be storming later. Pay attention to the rhythm of the earth rolling beneath your feet. Pay attention to learn what is enough. Pay attention!

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Hoegger Farmyard Contributor

Lori Tigner, Westfarm Goats LLC, Indian Hills, CO

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