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a certain line in the sand
by John Dempsey

Tuesday, November 06, 2007
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the tiger dreamt of a stalled school bus
filled with overfed
slow moving
children

the dancing bear dreamt
of the day
when he no longer
would have to dance

the dog dreamt of chasing a cat
the cat dreamt of chasing a mouse

the man dreamt, but I cannot tell you
what he dreamt of
I can only tell you
that men will dream, and then there will be a pencil,
or a paintbrush, a block of clay, or a finely
tuned guitar, and then that man
will work
on turning the dream
into something else

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it isnít laughter, or opposable digits
which separate man
from the animal
it is ego, ego, ego

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Reviewed by Sue Hess 11/8/2007
and the dreams, maybe the nightmares, but the substances we use to conjure them all is really one of our differences, as you well know. what am i talking about? who knows other than my dentist and my pharmacist :}
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/6/2007
Interesting way you present both the sameness and the differences between the animal kingdom and man....

Be safe,
Karen
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