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Double Talk

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The exercises we schedule
for our extinction face the
bared teeth of instinct.
One side of our mouths
begs for thunderbolts,
the other side coos like a dove
for peace treaties. But deep
beneath polite plans for
mass slaughter live a hibernating
bear, fanged serpent, cunning fox,
eagle in flight to teach us
survival in this goddam world
of double talk.

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The exercises we schedule
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Poetry Now 6.5 Issue 35 (1982) 36.
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