Goat border from the Poppyseed Cakes, by Maud and Miska Petersham
Last weekend I went on a road trip with my husband. I thought we would see friends, birds and beautiful landscapes. We did, but we also saw goats.
The word for goat in Spanish is cabra, which may or may not be related to the word capricious.
Maurice Sendak: Zlateh the Goat
We visited friends with goats, and were reminded of the origin of the word goatee.
Maud and Miska Petersham: Andrewshek and the White Goat
We saw goats and kids playing in fields.
Arthur Rackham Goats
We came across this photo in a book at El Nido, a sweet hotel in Tieton, WA.
Goats climbing a tree in Morocco
It was capricious the way that goats entered our trip and my mind.
De Tre Bukke Bruse, Norske Folkeeventyr 1840’s
I like leaving town and leaving my routines. While I may be looking for something in particular I often find something completely different, such as an inspiring goat.
Nanny Goat by Yevgeny Rachov
Here is a poem by Eve Merriam, lightly related to goats and wandering. I welcome your comments and rhymes about goats, goatees, meandering or caprice.
Catch a Little Rhyme
Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme
I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door
I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle
I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat
I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale
I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat
When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper
Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight…
ADDENDUM (May 26):
Here are some late breaking goats:
Goat collage by Deborah Mersky
Dancing Goat by James and Jonathan, 1956
Enjoy some Mama Lil’s peppers while watching this video of Bridget and Baylee eating lunch. They are the goats that inspired this post, owned by friends Kerry and David in eastern Washington.