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Holding the Goat

holding the goat is when the man who appears
to be my father is pulling a hammer
out of the sky again
and again and the goat is on its knees
and cannot remember why the man is pulling
the hammer which it
forgets and forgets
down among its slack legs
bleating pleasantly in a dream
of a man pulling a hammer down
from the sky popping its eyes out
emptying its tongue
dumping its body
into my arms holding the goat

-Wesley McNair