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Listen at the Door

by Maryanne Stahl



In another dream
I have a tiger.
I walk him on a leash,
confident
I can handle him
but aware
of the risk.
He sleeps
in a dog crate
in a room on the second
floor. And he can
get out, if he wants.

I tell some children:
Listen at the door for the tiger, make sure
he isn't out of his cage before you go into the room.


Maryanne Stahl, author of novels The Opposite Shore and Forgive the Moon, lives in Thunderbolt, Georgia. To read more of her work visit her website: www.maryannestahl.com.