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Do lovers sneer? Maybe another word I tentatively wonder pitied? Disdained??
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Sent: 29 January 2015 07:33
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Subject: Re: animals

'danked' as in unpleasantly moistened, I take it, L. Like it. Reminds me,
the poem I mean, of something my wife said to me this morning, dismissing
those who would claim that suffering in humans ennobles. If their God
exists, would He say that it is good for animals? Or if, she went on, if He
is omnipotent, why so design humans? Could have come up with a better model.

B


> On 28 Jan 2015, at 11:58 pm, Lawrence Upton <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:
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> I said once, to myself
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> or perhaps to my lover,
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> that being close to animals
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> will make us more human:
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> she sneered at me
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> for speaking to a donkey - conversationally -
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> on our way to eat,
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> my hands danked by donkey tongue...
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> it is two way, not magic -
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> a rabbit's foot does nothing
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> but lames the rabbit --
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> seek out animals
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> like one who lost them --
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> non-speakers
>