Michael Benedikt

Of Seals, And Our Smiles

The last time they did any harm to anyone was probably thousands
of years ago;--therefore we catch them and cut them up into coats,
Their frolicsomeness, too, sliced up by contemptuous human analysis;
Yes, through the binoculars of the human in the dinghy, like a text
beneath some mad scientist's magnifying-glass
The seals as they cavort, tend to scan like some pre-prepared,
allegedly amusing, and gloriously convenient gloss which only
tells us

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