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March 03, 2009

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Joe is smiling

Laura:

My mother has had goats on her ranch on the Big Island of Hawai'i. They also serve as great composters. On our last visit, my young daughters loved taking the banana peels and papaya rinds out for Pete (whose twin brother Re-Pete was no longer with us) and his pal Ruby to happily devour. A great treat for a couple of city kids. Sadly, Pete passed away just recently. Mom says the place just isn't the same without him.

Thanks for posting this. LGBC is one of my top five favorite of my father's poems.

Thanks for reintroducing the readers to the poems of Joe Salerno. May they live long among all of us who briefly knew and loved him.

Laura:

I've always adored goats. As a matter of fact, I still fight off toddlers in the petting zoo for the chance to comb and feed the little devils -- the goats, that is. And being a Capricorn myself, I can attest to the fact that they are indeed both stubborn and charming.

Laura,

I think you could handle a goat. They are very gentle.
Thanks for giving our farm a shout-out!

Laura, have been remiss in posting this note, but not in appreciating Joe's poem; thank you for bringing it, and a good poet, to my previously oblivious attention. That little goat in his little enclosure is a permanent sidekick now.

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