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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Mary Mills

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Forgiveness is the tiger trained
to hold a head in its mouth
but not bite down. It is the bear
beaten into the shuffling dance,
the elephant deferring
to the burden of its mildness
when all instincts
scream stampede.
It is the beast without itself: a body
made amnesic, conquered, meek.