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Glimpses of Childhood

Emily Dickinson

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

William Butler Yeats

John Updike

Rainer Maria Rilke

Gwendolyn Brooks



I was awakened from a dream,
a dream entwined with cats,
by a cat's close presence.
In the darkness by my bedside there
had loomed a form with shining hair--
squarish, immense-eyed, still.
Its whiskers pricked my lips:
I screamed.
My daughter cried,
in just proportion terrified.
I realized that,
though only four, all skin and smiles,
My daughter is a lioness, taken as a cat.

--John Updike

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Mary Oliver

William Blake

e. e. cummings

Thom Gunn

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