Goodnight Goat

It has long been my dream to write and illustrate a series of children’s books. Several years ago, I even took a watercolor class so I could learn how paint hummingbirds or other critters for the books.  I quickly learned that I’m no artist but I did enjoy the process of mixing beautiful colors to make other beautiful colors. Then life got really busy…..I became a  mom, my job became more demanding and time-consuming and frankly, I just didn’t have the energy to work on it. But for any of you who have been in a meeting or class with me and someone asked the question, “What’s your secret lifelong dream?”, my answer has always been to do this.


Well,  things are still busy and my painting skills aren’t much better than they were, but I’ve decided that I should start small, with at least a little poem. I’m so inspired by the animals here on the farm and I think it will be fun someday to document their adventures. I’m sure I’ll embellish a bit for the sake of the story so bear with me as I practice my mad rhyming skills and share with you this silly story about our goats and our very favorite time of each day.

There once was a goat named Claree

who was born in the town of Searcy

She loved her time at Redbud Rock Farm

They had lots of chickens and a real nice barn

There was always plenty of treats to eat

They said that her new family, she would soon meet

She was so excited, yet a little nervous and scared

“What if they don’t like me?” was her biggest fear

One day, around the first of June

A big truck pulled up…it seemed like it was too soon.

She was sad to leave the only place she’d ever known

But they promised her that she would love her new home

She hated saying goodbye to her family and friends

It was sad and scary and for a moment, it felt like the end

But when she was handed to the girl that they called Grace

It brought joy to her heart despite the tears that were running down her face.

They were kind to her as they loaded up the truck

They gave her kisses and hugs and lots of love

She was glad that her best friend Weezer was there by her side

They couldn’t wait to get finished with that bumpy ride.

They were trembling with excitement and they both really had to pee

A nice man named Steve lifted them down on wobbly knees

He said they could call him “Papa” and that he’d give them good care

Then the one they called Momma told them that she’d always be there

It was a beautiful day at Forevermost Farms

Weezer and Claree moved into the back of the barn

There was a tall fence and lots of grass to eat

There were even some dandelions they could have for a treat

There were chickens next door who made lots of noise

They were mostly girls but they said there was one boy

They called him Mary which seemed kind of strange

But there’d be stranger things ahead at this home on the range

The girls began to settle into their new life

They ate and played all day, but their favorite time was at night

Papa and Mama always came out to feed the rabbits, fish and dogs

They knew it was almost their time when they fed the hogs

Those silly pigs were so hungry and loud

They ate so much food, it could feed a big crowd

After Momma and  Papa finished with the nightly slop,

It was always time for their regular stop

Papa always brought a big cup of feed

And momma and Grace had a handful of treats

They got lots of lovin’ and belly rubs galore

When Mama says, “it’s bedtime”

Papa always says, “Just a few minutes more.”

Sometimes they take pictures with a thing they call “phone”

And they get a little sad when it’s time to leave them alone

But they know that after the nighttime comes a new day

When they can go out in the field and eat dandelions and hay.

And as the sun goes down, they know it’s almost time for their daily dose

Of treats, belly rubbin’, love and Goodnight Goat.



  • Oh my dear just keep the mind a tumbling. The water 💦 paint will follow thur.

    Pat McIntosh
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm
  • Love it, keep on writing

    Posted June 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm
  • Love it! You’re a poet and didn’t know it!❤️❤️❤️

    Connie Hurst
    Posted June 18, 2019 at 4:23 pm
  • I’m so proud of your Interesting skills and that beautifully mind who gives me chills, she was once constrained with the corporate world it was glamorous and dark and proved comfort galore,I was worried about her with so much change then a friend from her past lead her on this great new path, she glows in every pic I see and post that I cant believe….she is happy mom of her daughter Grace and all that they share in this place, her goats her pigs her chickens and fish has only made it worth the risk! So proud of yall!

    Posted June 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm
    • Oh my goodness Dusty. You have made my day. Fellow kindred poet. I love you and am thankful for your encouragement and support.

      Kelly Grappe
      Posted June 18, 2019 at 6:40 pm

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