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Marianne Moore

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This is a strange fraternity these sea lions and land lions,
land unicorns and sea unicorns;
the lion civilly rampant,
tame and concessive like the long-tailed bear of Ecuador
the lion standing up against this screen of woven air
which is the forest:
the unicorn also, on its hind legs in reciprocity.
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"Sea Unicorns and Land Unicorns"

 
Marianne Moore

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