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The dog has cleaned his bowl
and his reward is a biscuit,
which I put in his mouth
like a priest offering the host.

I can't bear that trusting face!
He asks for bread, expects
bread, and I in my power
might have given him a stone.

—Jane Kenyon

from Otherwise: New and Selected Poems, 1996
University of Arkansas Press

Copyright 1996 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon.
All rights reserved.

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About the Poet

Jane Kenyon (1947-1995), former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire was the author of four volumes of poetry. Her collected poems were published by Graywolf Press in 2007.

Learn more about Jane Kenyon at The Poetry Foundation.