Michelle Y. Burke Seriously

Such a sweet girl
is just another way of saying,
Not to bright but someone you'd trust
with your dog.

And cuteness, I've been told,
has to do with the size of one's eyes
relative to one's head.

My lover, for example,
says I have a small head,
and this accounts largely
for my charm.

The truth is, I have dog-sat
for dozens of people and, once,
lugged a dying springer spaniel

up and down multiple stairs,
so he could pee
by his favorite pine, then sleep curled
on his master's bed.

He died a week later.

Tears, this morning's paper
tells me, can lower a man's
testosterone levels.

It's like the way out of the fight
is in the fight.


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