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This poem is taken from PN Review 94, Volume 20 Number 2, November - December 1993.

Three Poems Sophie Hannah

Mountains out of Small Hills

Dogs are objecting to the word dogmatic,
the use of certain phrases - barking mad,
dog in the manger. Equally emphatic
are other species. Rats and snakes have had

enough of being symbols of deceit
and treachery. They say there's no excuse,
and there are fish protesting on the street
at being linked with alcohol abuse.

You couldn't taunt a coward nowadays
with 'scaredy-cat' or 'chicken.' Cock-and-bull
stories have been renamed. Nobody says
'God, she's a cowl' Nobody pulls the wool

over another person's eyes - the lambs
have seen to that. Nobody rabbits on.
Nor has there been a ramraid since the rams
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