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From Summer 2006 [Issue No. 9]

POETRY


 

How Often a Hammer Can Be a Dog

Allan Peterson

 

 

Take Tuesday that brought a close breathing

downwind or something insubstantial

 

we would say couldn't be but was

 

This is how ghosts seem believable

 

a sense that the dead stand next to us

 

But why would they need breathing

 

or be needful of us in any way or want

 

to hear again our silly fearful stories

 

This was the trick of insubstantialities

 

Just to see through them is relief

 

 

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