Issue 5
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top dog

under a bench 

a small white dog digs 

 

‘desire is doubled in love’ 

 

not to middle earth 

but to lie in 

 

and done, now brown   

(reward of honest labor) 

 

when a big dog barks him out 

‘love is doubled in anger’ 

 

but not fitting the hole 

cedes it back 

for further excavation 

 

reunited with the sentiment 

more dirt flies 

capriciously 

 

to further sully  

poor relation 

 

yet both desires persist 

in each mind 

 

even after desire has or doesn’t 

been satisfied 

 

in the underworld 

 

Cerberus waits 

droolingly