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Saturday, December 31, 2005


by Pete Mackey

Come here pretty boy she says to our dog
The latest pictures done on the screen
With lingerie and “Love Sick” sung (mumbling
Along to it I stand to let the other dog in)

By Bob Dylan himself. And there’s a war,
A pretty war, with the Best Pictures of 2005
Making it clear in today’s paper, on. The dog
(The other one) rushes in with the cold and I

Close the door. The song is done. Turn it off.
Turn it all off. The cold that came in is gone
Even if I still hear the melody. Let’s go to bed.
Yes, there’s a war on. Look in the morning.

Pete Mackey has published essays, stories, speeches, and a book on James Joyce's Ulysses and chaos physics.