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This poem is taken from PN Review 36, Volume 10 Number 4, March - April 1984.

Likeness Clive Wilmer
LIKENESS

In John the Pisan's statue at Siena
Of the wolf suckling Romulus and Remus,
In the anxious eyes and searching nose - the low
Thrust of her gaunt head from the prominent spine,

I see my own dog: she, though sweetly pampered,
Looked drained and scrawny when, still half a puppy,
With bleeding teats, she bowed beneath her instinct
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