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Philip Kane © 2001


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Somebody gave me a dog.
I took it to work,
but the foreman killed it
with a hammer.

He cut off the tail
and gave it to me, saying,
"Here are your wages,
the rest belongs to us".

Someone else gave me a cat.
The manager took it from me
and threw it living
into the furnace.

He handed me
a lump of coal, saying,
"Here are your wages,
everything else is ours".

The world's cruelty
bears no gifts.
I made for myself
a hammer and a knife.




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