some dogs remain silent for fear of being noticed

To Please the Yelping Dog

some dogs remain silent for fear of being noticed
some dogs can’t help it

in cutlery
a fork
from latin furca
for pitchfork
utensil
fulcrum of metal
long handle
terminates
in a head
branches
narrow
curved
tines
with which one can spear
food
to hold
to cut
to lift
to the mouth

from ‘On Theme’ by Mary Ruefle

“You are poets, I assume you think metaphorically. Isn’t that the way you read? True or false: the subject or topic of a poem is never really its subject or topic. Robert Frost never wrote a nature poem. He said that. Meaning: there’s more to me than trees and birds. Meaning: there’s more to trees and birds and I know that, so that means there’s more to me, too.”

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Source:

wikipedia poem, no. 9

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  / suffer
      
      it 
has all them off 
with one would 
    think 
       about 
      death
and 
      every 
       time you have 
to 
       have 
to 
have 
been thinking anyone brain tied behind me

women 
+ 
sleeping a 
     literature of art   
      yes    
   just as 
      on them 
   off with 
one of 
art   yes  
 
     just as on 
        think any literature / suffer
         
it has all my 
literature / suffering

it has a 
    subject i am not getting 
  one brain tied behind me
     
women 
and it is a 
figure 
of them off with 
one 
brain tied behind me

women think about 
death
      and think any one brain 
tied behind me ...
        
women + 
   sleeping a literature of 
mistakes you 
have to have to do but courage not courage not courage
                                                         never courage

for Susan Sontag & Robert Frost