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Jeffrey Harrison

(Cincinnati, Ohio)

Rilke's Fear Of Dogs


had less to do
with any harm
they might inflict
than with the sad
look in their eyes
expressing a need
for love he felt
he couldn't meet.
And so he looked
away from them.


He was too busy
for such obligations,
waiting instead
for angels to speak,
looking up at heaven
with an expression
they couldn't help
responding to,
try as they might
to avoid his gaze.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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