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ALL HE WANTS TO DO [40]

ALL HE WANTS TO DO

Goat hears that she is doing well.
He goes to the field at night,
luminous, and picks roots and
vegetables.

He leaves them by the shepherd
boy’s door. He knows what to do
with them.

Goat receives a thank you note.
He almost dies.

 

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POOL PARTY [39]

POOL PARTY

Maureen is stung by a bee
heading to her wading pool
in her backyard. Her dad
locates the hive in a nearby
bush.

He tries a spray but
the bees buzz about, so
everyone goes inside. Next
morning, the hive is trampled,
the bush uprooted, the yard
full of rocks.

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IN TAR [38]

IN TAR

The year is 2540.
Archaeologists dig up
an ancient tar pit.

They find a sign
that says, “TOYS R US.”
They find a goat skeleton
covered with yarn, perfectly
preserved. They touch it,

it gets up and bites everyone.
They leave it alone.

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GOAT BECOMES CONVINCED OF MORALITY [37]

GOAT BECOMES CONVINCED OF MORALITY

One day God picked up Goat by his scruff.
“Do you believe in me?” he asked.

“It looks like I have to,” Goat answered.
“Think what you want,” God answered,

dropping him. “Bramble!” yelled Goat.
That night, he broke into Woolworths,

and destroyed the toy section. On a
rubber doll he found a yarn knot

and slipped it behind his whiskers.
His eyes felt like coal.

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TRAIN [36]

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TRAIN

Goat rowed the boat out,
waving to Paw and Beast.
“I will become a fisher
of men!” Goat cried. “Just

catch fish,” Paw said.
Then he was alone. He saw

a train of fish heading North.
“Nothing will change this,” he said.

Then the water became grass, the fish
gophers. Goat was hungry.

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WHAT GOAT HEARD [35]

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WHAT GOAT HEARD

Goat did not understand a word
Paw was saying. He could barely
hear him above the greens he was
chewing. But he felt like it was

raining, there were great holes
in the roof of the cave, & large
round drops were slipping in his
mouth and plopping on the roof

of his mouth. They went fishing, and
Goat caught trout. A syllable! he crowed.

 

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WHAT PAW SAID [34]

WHAT PAW SAID

After dinner, Paw did dishes
while Beast talked to her mother
on the phone. Then they sat down

to talk. Now Goat, Paw said,
know there are two kinds of language:
the language of meaning, and
the language of symbols. One is

the real thing; the other just stands
for something else. One you hear
recognition, a slur; the other, syllables.

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