First Son, Poet

We wrote this one together…

Don’t forget the goats
With their scrawny throats
Don’t leave them behind
For you to find
Unwatered, unfed,
Probably half-dead
Because you forgot the goats


  1. Cubeland Mystic says

    I think the poem represents a deep longing for food.

    It’s very obvious to me. The parents are away and drinking margarinas every night, and they irresponsibly forget to feed their children.

    Matthew, this is really your first attempt at poetry, wasn’t it? You don’t have to credit the Children. You did a good job. No really you did. It’s really good. I think so.

  2. Notrelatedtoted says

    “Don’t forget the goats.”

    That’s a pithy statement if I ever heard one.

  3. Jonathan Potter says

    Very apocalyptic! An ironic meditation on God’s mercy and a rejoinder to the parable of the goats and the sheep, right?

  4. Cubeland Mystic says

    I didn’t catch that at first, but on re-reading I see that now. Yes very apocalyptic. It is ironic. But I am still picking up deep feelings of abandonment, “Don’t leave them behind” and isolation “Don’t forget”. The writer is obviously tormented.

    Also, it is very Gnostic in its appeal to memory. There is the knower and the knower’s relationship to the known. The known is dependent upon the knower for its existence. The anti-realism is palpable here.

    Nevertheless the writer keeps a single corporeal toe planted firmly in space-time invoking images of the “half-dead” existing yet unknown and forgotten–perhaps only half-forgotten.

    Are you guys picking up Dostoevskian influence?

  5. I’m thinking William Carlos Williams meets Woody Guthrie influence. Although, you can’t discount Russia. I’ve learned that playing Risk.

  6. Monica Lickona says

    I must say that this is one of my favorite poems that you have written.
    After all, who doesn’t like it?
    Monica Lickona, Editor of the Lickona Times

  7. Matthew Lickona says

    Why thank you, Monica. It really was a joint effort between Father and Son. That’s probably why it’s the best of the bunch.

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