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HOUSE DOG, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: I have achieved the life of contemplation
Last Line: Feel it to be themselves they thus bedeck.
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs


I have achieved the life of contemplation,
My paws are clean, I have not touched the mire,
I do not bark and yelp in irritation
But wait for satisfactions I require.
Life may pass by, the months pile higher and higher,
I am secure: two meals a day, a carriage
In which to take the air, a pleasant fire
To dream before, and periodic marriage.
I have anaesthetized all my ambition
And paradoxically serve another's;
Existence has become a noble mission --
Admiring me, competitors are brothers,
And when they pin a ribbon on my neck
Feel it to be themselves they thus bedeck.





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