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Animal Love

Rhona McAdam
From:   Hour of the Pearl. Thistledown, 1987.


Tonight I am of the beasts of the backyard.
My face is one of the multitude gazing upwards
at your window; I am one of the rumbling
furred assembly living to twine about your legs
when you step out and among us in the morning.

Tonight I am the wild love running
and rampaging through your flower garden
chasing for the pure speed of it
the small competitors for your favour,
returning happy, panting to wait for you.

Tonight I scratch at your door
behind which you lie sleeping
somewhere in the dark civilized recesses
wherein I would burst in a frenzy of passion
to envelop you in my affection,
the nuzzling, love-thrumming love
of beast for beast



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