How to Bury a Dog
Put to bed the children early.
Arcturus will stand you the proper light.
Let your wife's hair grieve
She'll swear she hates everything.
Choose a place among the loblollies
the cornflowers blue.
and the garden spade,
A shotgun will do – 12 gauge Federal –
millstone grit studded with milk crystal quartz.
At grave-time, dirt is coy,
You won't cuss through three feet
of sediment rock that's been making
Resist the temptation
Face him east.
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