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Animals

I think the death of domestic animals
mark the sea changes in our lives.
Think how things were, when things were different.
There was an animal then, a dog or a cat,
not the one you have now, another one.
Think when things were different before that.
There was another one then. You had almost forgotten.

—Miller Williams

from Imperfect Love, 1986
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U. Press

Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams.
All rights reserved.

Reprinted by permission of Miller Williams from Imperfect Love. Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams. For further permissions information, contact Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

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About the Poet

Miller Williams (1930-2004) was born in Hoxie, Arkansas in 1930, the son of a Methodist clergyman and civil rights activist. Williams is the author of 14 poetry collections, including Time and the Tilting Earth: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).

Learn more about Miller Williams at The Poetry Foundation.