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Thomas Gunn delivers a poem that delves deep into a dogs mind capturing the unsophisticated boredom anticipation anxiety and curiosity that all dogs must feel while locked up and restricted to a domestic life Yoko begins with a visual and concrete image of a dog named Yoko awaiting the arrival of his master while lounging in a wardrobe Without being able to release his stored energy he occasionally lumbers across the room and drinks from the toilet bowl His thirst to leave his dwelling is first introduced in the first stanza of the poem Yoko hears that New York is jaggedy with firecrackers Hearing these noises outside he quickly retreats back to his wardrobe and tries to forget about what he cant have Yoko responds to his masters arrival even before the master enters the apartment it seems like an apartment because of the stairwell Yoko is crazy about his master to say the least as he is probably the dogs only company Yokos immature curiosity is explained to us in the next couple of stanzas Smells and tar and rotten sandwiches fascinate him He seems disappointed after learning that he recognized the smell of his pissmost probably indicating that he likes to explore and travel novel routes Furthermore Yoko is so unwilling to return back to the apartment that even though he is only pissing drops he continues to do so probably to convince his master that he still has some unfinished business His leaders watchful eye comforts him The changing of the weather symbolizes the rocky life this dog lives In this case Yokos day outside begins with warmth Not only warmth of the sun but also the warmth he feels by being liberated outside with his master We then moved to a scene where the wind is blowing The blowing of the wind often refers to the changing trends in society or in a persons life Here the wind
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