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Straw dogs go up fast

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  straw dogs
go up
fast
in sacrifice,
then get
kicked
aside--

empty
images.
heaven
and earth

and the wise
are not
benevolent--
to them
all creatures
breathing
seem straw dogs
  the atmosphere
seems
a bellows
squeezed empty,
it expands
still
powerful
the more
it moves
the more
air emerges
talking
of good will
leads
eventually
to exhaustion
silence
guards
the way
deep
within
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