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Knowing Dogs

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Knowing Dogs

Vicki Quigley

Knowing Dogs

The paper lust began
with the chewed Chow corners
of an unsupervised mother lode of
cellulose-wrapped scraps.

Next the purloined lap napkin,
a drop cloth for delicacies and
the misplaced peas and cues of a hasty meal provided positive reinforcement 
for the trolling paper palate.

Then the inexorable progress to
the inevitable gleaning of cheese dust
flung by fleet fingers
on a keyboard—
and the fatal Delete.

Drawn by the promise of meaty prose,
or a laden periodic table,
or other food for thought
I will understand and accept
that the dog, in fact,
did eat your homework.