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Know Thyself
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Published: Sun Apr 15 1990
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Know Thyself

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I must have meant something to her because she named her dog
     after me.
Now when I hear her boy-friend calling Dugan Dugan across
     the fields at sunset
I’m tempted to howl back at him but don’t because he doesn’t know
he’s calling part of me home to whine in sleep at the foot of their
     fucking bed.
He doesn’t know, she doesn’t know, I don’t know myself, I only know
I must have meant something to her because she named her dog
     after me.

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I don’t know but I think she thinks she is the Field
     Marshall Montgomery
of sexual strategy in the World War II of love because
Montgomery named his dog Hitler and Hitler committed suicide,
but she doesn’t know that Montgomery lingered among the Dutch,
would not close the Falaise Gap, and bloodied his own troops
along the Atlantic coast while Marshall Zhukov took
the final filthy kennel and won that mad dog’s dehumanizing war.

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