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The Dog Takes Ownership

The dog takes ownership
of the lounger. Never mind
negotiations for a bit of sun,
his domain now extends
from green lawn to green pad.
Black and white hairs poke into the fabric
like conqueror's flags: We claim
this chaise longue for McNeil.
I concede,
retreat to the hammock. A snooze there
doesn't leave my oiled legs looking unshaved;
garden territory, cratered
with last week's encroachments,
is regained.

July 3, 2003

Donna Smith

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