POETRY

Sleeping with the Donkey

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We bought it before Charlotte was born,
A goofy stuffed gray toy dubbed “Donkey Man.”
We gave it to her before she could stand,
And she loved it very moderately.

A million more followed: Doggie Doggie,
Daddy Fox, Baby Fox, Dee the Deer, and
Yes, these all are really really real names
Of fuzzy, dead-eyed…

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