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Poem Number 125

Here is a way of marking time, a way of looking at the past.


Miller Williams

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.


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

Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams.
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