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A creature named Lament

Lament

I will name my daughter's pet Lament.
It shall be
A small creature, tentative,
With delicate paws,
Precise in its movements,
and like all of its breed
a creature with gnawing teeth
and a tufted tail
for ease of transport.
Quick of movement,
Quick of life,
Bright eyes,
Of a disposition acceptable
to a tender child
Not yet toughened by the heartless years
Past the age of ten.
It shall live to its best means,
It shall scamper, and cling,
and sleep with the passion of the small and safe.
And in time's full round
When its thread is wound to its last,
When age, or terror, or a beast claims it,
or it has not been fed,
and it is still and cold,
There will be no tears
in my daughter's eyes
for that shall be the end
of Lament.

(From a series, "verses composed while burning twenty CDs at work")

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auliya
Aug. 6th, 2003 03:52 pm (UTC)
Beautiful.
baktre
Aug. 6th, 2003 04:03 pm (UTC)
I want to sleep with the passion of the small and safe. :)

Very pretty.
spottylogic
Aug. 6th, 2003 04:41 pm (UTC)
My model for happy slumber will always be my labrador. She's also good for piteous whining, but I haven't yet gotten the trick of scratching my ear with my foot.
sdocat
Aug. 6th, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC)
Grrr.
Mommy!! The Hyena's being brilliant again! Can I put a sack over his head? PweeeeasE!?!

(I really did enjoy it, though. Don't spring for that 58X burner juuust yet. :p )
spottylogic
Aug. 7th, 2003 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Grrr.
Thanks muchly :)
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