“Biscuit” by Jane Kenyon
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
The dog has cleaned his bowl and his reward is a biscuit, which I put in his mouth like a priest offering the host. I can't bear that trusting face! He asks for bread, expects bread, and I in my power might have given him a stone.
from Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, 1996
University of Arkansas Press
Copyright 1996 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon.
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About the Poet
Jane Kenyon (1947-1995), former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire was the author of four volumes of poetry. Her collected poems were published by Graywolf Press in 2007.
Learn more about Jane Kenyon at The Poetry Foundation.