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Stephen Dunn - With No Experience In Such Matters

To hold a damaged sparrow
under water until you feel it die
is to know a small something
about the mind; how, for example,
it blames the cat for the original crime,
how it wants praise for its better side.

And yet it's as human
as pulling the plug on your Dad
whose world has turned
to feces and fog, human as--
Well, let's admit, it's a mild thing
as human things go.

But I felt the one good wing
flutter in my palm--
the smallest protest, if that's what it was,
I ever felt or heard.
Reminded me of how my eyelid has twitched,
the need to account for it.
Hard to believe no one notices.

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Poet: Stephen Dunn
Poem: With No Experience In Such Matters
Volume: Stephen Dunn -- New and Selected Poems 1974 - 1994
Poem of the Day: Oct 31 2010
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