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plant me an oak tree
so that i can recognise my shape
and the squirrels can bury their acorns there

give me a dog
with paws i can kiss
at night while you sleep wrathful and well

don't let them chop down my tree
uproot revile or splinter it
grant it a heaven with acres of blue acorns

make me an open house
so that my windows may discover the day
green or gold or grey but well-shaped

grant that my dog may love me
that I may give him food to stuff himself
while you sleep beyond the stars and mirrors

of my forehead

Ingrid Jonker

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