visitation by goats the first goat arrives through a crack in the window. it is important to shut all corners of a safe house if you intend to hide away for any extended amount of time. i was careless. either that or i wanted to be infiltrated. my dating app is empty & the gutter is full of yellow leaves. who knows all his/her own brilliant corners? not me. i could not tell you how many fingers i had this morning let alone the number of doors cracked to let in a breeze. a breeze is always swelling into a breach. the goat starts buy eating the slash between his/her which is a wonderful relief. the truth is i have always wanted an animal with a bolder sense of hunger than me. humans are mostly just cowardly & sometimes very very bold. we are best at envisioning our own endings. sometimes when i'm driving i see my car plummetting off the side of the cliff. more goats come. all the hooves patter like hard constant rain. the fissures in the walls are meant to be stepped through. i consider where else i might make a hole. one goat walks on the ceiling. the pupils of his eyes are a portal down into a new kind of basement full of even more teeth. in my room i open my mouth & try to eat a door knob. the goat tells me i have to close my eyes & pretend there is nothing else left in the whole world to be eaten. all the goat eyes burn through my eye lids until i am left with goat eyes too. they are hatches i can lift & slip into. dark little quiet rooms. damp & stone. all these little tunnels. on the floor of the rooms are all kinds of teeth fossils. a shark tooth & even the teeth of an iguanodon & then the small teeth of god: square & yellowish even by the dim light of my tongue. the goats are waiting for me to return to my face. the are circling me for one reason or another. i want to never be alone. i seal the cracks in the house to keep the goats inside. all of us. a little herd. my lesson for you is that a goat cannot be contained by a wall alone. i woke up with an empty house. in the mirror i found my circle pupils again. i state in the closet & shut the door. to contemplate what i knew now about hooves. outside it rained for seven days straight.