Sometimes there are goats on the hills, but they were clearing near the nuclear plant. They are guarded from mountain lions by Akbash dogs, huge white animals with strong mouths. They don't herd the goats, just protect them. Only the goatherd can handle them, take them to vet visits.
CITY GIRL MEETS COUNTRY
California poppies and cows dot the ocean trail,
They are calving, a bit edgy, a man told me.
Ahead a nursing female stares, dares me to near.
Apologetic, I pause, my Pamplona moment.
Two women talking, pass, barrel right through,
don’t even drag their capes behind them.