On the Sly

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,

independent of the nature of dogs

for the fox does not want to engage

and the dog naturally does not want to be engaged

but the system tells it how it is.

The space between the two is intricate webbing of

atoms and diatoms,

of carbon and nitrogen,

of the oxygen in the nostrils of each

separate, breathing beasts.

The whisper quiet of the lazy dog

barely disturbs the soil beneath it.

The fox lands gently on the other side,

free.

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