The Goat on the Corner

On days when we don’t have time for longer walks, we visit the goat that lives down the street and around the corner. She likes to stand watch on a raised platform in a home under construction. We have never seen any progress on the building of the house. It remains a concrete shell with holes for windows and doors. 

We don’t know the name of the goat’s owner. We only know that he has a bright white smile and is amazingly fit for his age. He lives on the long narrow lot next to the almost-house. We’ve never seen him idle. He is building a fire to cook dinner, or hammering something into place on the meager wooden shed that is his home, or moving piles of things from one spot to another. 

We go to look at the goat but spend most of the time looking at him. He greets us happily each time. We rely on hand signals and smiles because it is the language we have in common. Unlike most of the other houses on the street, there is no fence or gate surrounding his place. He has no secrets and invites all eyes who pass in. 

His goat stares with her widely spaced eyes and sometimes speaks to us if she is in the mood. Goats are strange creatures. She’s our excuse to stop and watch awhile. If there were any shrubs or small trees lining his property, she has eaten them already. 

Inevitably, each time we walk back, the wall around our home looks bigger and taller than before. 

This Ghanaian wax print is called “Snails.” It means don’t devalue me and can relate to people or nature.

4 thoughts on “The Goat on the Corner

  1. This opening line, “On days when we don’t have time for longer walks, we visit the goat that lives down the street and around the corner” is amazing. I am immediately transported. Again in this slice your eye for detail, your awareness of the differences between you and the culture around you directly alongside the similarities, leaves me with a strong impression of where you live and revelations about my own way of living. Your writing really is wonderful.

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  2. ” almost-house”, this is so powerful. Your words are so descriptive and enjoyable to read. I could pick every line and write something about it. You leave me wondering whether the goat has been visiting you too, “the wall around our home looks bigger and taller than before.” Is the goat chewing your grass too?

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