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The Goat

If you are a goat, do you believe
What people tell you about
Goats, and eat
Tin cans?
There’s no goat that foolish.
Or is there?
The goat of the universe believed
What people told him about universes
And came into existence.
Bang!  How naive can you get?
Even the scapegoat is not as naive
As (God help him) the universe that
Agreed to exist.
A word to the wise: Don’t eat tin cans.
Don’t listen. Don’t exist.

Credit


Poem from The Printer's Error, reprinted with permission of Miami University Press

Author


Aaron Fogel

Aaron Fogel is the author of The Printer's Error (Miami University Press, 2001).

Date Published: 2001-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/goat