INTRO
WHEN I WAS FIFTEEN
ALONG 693
THE ABORTION PALACE
GROWING UP, TWO AMERICAS
ANNIVERSARY 1984
TO BETTY, 1982
BEYOND NORTH MOUNTAIN
CHICAGO AND NORTHWESTERN
DREAM OF CHARLES DE LANGLADE
YOU CALL ME FOLLY MILLS
THE ODYSSEY OF GLOOMY GUS
HILLS
IMPATIENS CAPENSIS
THE ADVANTAGE OF INTELLIGENCE
I DIDN'T KNOW YOU THEN
AFTER YOU LANGLADE
WAITING ON LARAMIE CREEK
THE LESSON
LITTLE RIVER
MEMORY
MUSIC AT THE JACKSON
THE HUMAN CONDITION IS NOT
OLD DOMINION
OLD MAN TO HIMSELF
OLD RIDER
CALLING OWLS
FROM THE TALE OF PETER MINK
MAKE REVOLUTION
THE SCRAPER
MY SHIP
SNAPSHOT
TO OUR SONS, 1982
SPRING PEEPERS
TED
TREES OF NEW JERSEY
A TRUE DOCTOR
DEATH OF WILBUR
BY WINNEBAGO'S SHORE
©Poems of R.F.Mueller- Other Times, Other Thoughts

THE BRANDY LINE (ABOUT A FAVORITE GOAT)
R.F. Mueller


We all were crushed when our goat Brandy died.
But we don't think she went to some green caprine pasture in the sky.
(A fantasy that only humans enjoy!)
Instead we tried to come as close to it on earth as we all could provide,
With grassy meadows by the stream
And coral berries and honeysuckle on the hill,
South facing dusty wallows and rock ledges in the summer shade,
To say nothing of our most gentle milking hands.
And so it must have been in some remote time and in some far land,
When her great goaty ancestor was first tamed,
That perhaps someone said
"This one is friendlier than all the rest;
Let's keep her for milk instead of meat."
And so they did, and every spring at kidding time
There prospered on the "Brandy line."

 

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We originally bought a goat named "Honey" from a herd that also contained Brandy. When Honey was obviously very lonely and distressed in her new home, we also bought Brandy, which initiated a happy herd at our little Virginia place. In addition to her teaching job, Betty was the family's chief goat keeper, being an immeasurably better milker and animal midwife than I. I, on the other hand, quaffed much of the milk and ate much of the cheese she also made.