I think the death of domestic animals
mark the sea changes in our lives.
Think how things were, when things were different.
There was an animal then, a dog or a cat,
not the one you have now, another one.
Think when things were different before that.
There was another one then. You had almost forgotten.

—Miller Williams

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From Imperfect Love, 1986
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State U. Press

Copyright 1986 by Miller Williams.
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  • Miller Williams

    Miller Williams (1930-2004) was born in Hoxie, Arkansas. He published fourteen poetry collections, including Time and the Tilting Earth: Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2008).

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