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  April 2017
volume 14 number 1
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Marvin Louis Dorsey
April 2017



    At the end of a workday Marvin Louis Dorsey travels 60 minutes by freeway, exiting on a long unpaved desert road to his ranch home in Lancaster. There he is greeted by the wind, lone tumbleweeds rambling across the sandy vista, and a variety of farmyard animals. The dichotomies of city and desert, noise and quietude, and the confines of a cage vs. the expansive freedom of the night's universe of stars, inform the heart of Marvin's poetry, where a deep interior life shares the page with the wide exterior landscape.




We get into the rescue world
to give animals a better longer life
sooner or later and ur lucky if it's later
but we come to understand that
all can't be saved

It's hard never easy
human animal eye contact
can't be avoided

Spend one day with my boxer dogs
one afternoon in a livestock auction
with a slaughterhouse next door
you will be changed

I hope

Life is funny because most people eat meat
but few really know the sacrifice
lots of people go out and find a pet
but few know the responsibility or how
many unwanted dogs and cats are
put to sleep everyday

When you see it up close because
it can't be seen from far away
It kills ya knowing that all can't be saved


Maybe I do suffer from PTSD animal style
but I feel lucky because when you can look an animal
in the eyes and the animal looks back
then you know that all life matters including
the lives of those who can't speak

copyright 2016 Marvin Louis Dorsey