The Goat And I

Each sunny day upon my way
  A goat I pass;
He has a beard of silver grey,
  A bell of brass.
And all the while I am in sight
  He seems to muse,
And stares at me with all his might
  And chews and chews.

Upon the hill so thymy sweet
  With joy of Spring,
He hails me with a tiny bleat
  Of welcoming.
Though half the globe is drenched with blood
  And cities flare,
Contentedly he chews the cud
  And does not care.

Oh gentle friend, I know not what
  Your age may be,
But of my years I'd give the lot
  Yet left to me,
To chew a thistle and not choke,
  But bright of eye
Gaze at the old world-weary bloke
  Who hobbles by.

Alas! though bards make verse sublime,
  And lines to quote,
It takes a fool like me to rhyme
  About a goat.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011



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