Goats (COVID)

Noah and Ben slaughtered two goats as a test for a goat meal

we will have next weekend.  Ben is from

Burkina Faso and is a master baker.  Noah

started a barbecue club at Bard College and wrote

his senior thesis on race and class and pork.

Ben grew up in a country where he learned

about meat.  Today we listen to Frederick Douglass say

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July

and we discuss in a new way how much

we took for granted how much we don’t know

how much we have to learn today we celebrate

the forms  independence takes how linked

we are to one another and today because of Noah

and Ben we will celebrate goats.

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Had to forward this to granddaughter at Bard (on campus, awaiting whatever her senior year will be)… majoring in Chinese studies.

  2. Hi Ester,

    Dave and I have eaten goat with our Muslim friends from Glen Ellen.
    Rather delicious, at least the way Maimona prepares it.

    Hope you had a good July 4th. Dave and I are about to leave for Wisconsin where we will meet one of my friends from grade school. At one point in our lives, we were (almost) literally joined at the hip — at lest our mothers thought that!!

    Hope all is well with the two of you — and stay safe! Pat (and Dave, packing the car…)

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