Theme: Humor

The Bite of Man

by R. D. Ashby
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There is no power at all in a man's bite:
look at him long enough and you will see
the full extent of this inadequacy;
but from facial timidity the light
that lifts his animal features, a sight
that kills the force of bestiality,
and gives his teeth no speciality
of tearing force, but when bidden these might
a greater boon confer, especially,
when widely bared, expressive of his soul,
from open jaws: the opposite of bite.
Though roaring be the axiom of the whole
of nature, laughter drowns it easily:
and this the difference, and this man's bite.

22-Nov-2010

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