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if the horse that you ride
is blind it’s good
that it also be slow,
and please stroke it
a hundred more times than you would
the powerful dazzling one.
to be generous is one thing,
but there’s a clerk in some of us,
quick to say yes.
worry about the command
in the suggestion.
worry about smiles, and those men
whose business is business.
there are joys and enigmas
of an evening alone
to appreciate.
there are always the simple events
of your life
that you might try to convert
into legend.
did you know
a good dog in your house
can make you more thoughtful,
even more moral?
and sex without conversation,
sex that’s erotic or sleepy…
oh don’t let anybody tell you
there’s a wrong way to have it.
tell your lovers the world
robs us in so many ways
that a caress is your way
of taking something back.
tell the dogs and the horses
you love them more than cars.
speak to everything
would be my advice.
~Stephen Dunn

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