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Beso the Donkey
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Beso the Donkey is a poetry cycle about a wounded, neglected, and abandoned jackass. In sparklingly clear and luminous poems, Richard Jarrette tells the story of Beso and of his caregiver's attempts to understand and heal him — an endeavor that teaches the man much about the meaning of life, death, peace, and acceptance. With undertones of Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, and Islamic faiths, Beso the Donkey incorporates elements of philosophy, ethics, religion, and morality.
     As the book progresses, we sense the poet’s growing acceptance of life’s passing. Along with the author, we feel a deeper peace blossoming as Beso’s life is ending (which is itself a beginning). This is a lyrical story of loss and acceptance.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Attending Beso
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. I. Beso
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. The Monumental Beso
  2. pp. 7-7
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  1. Certain Beso
  2. pp. 8-8
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  1. Beso’s Equanimity
  2. pp. 9-9
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  1. Beso’s Hooves
  2. pp. 10-10
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  1. Beside Beso
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Beso the Donkey
  2. pp. 12-12
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  1. Beso’s Song
  2. pp. 13-13
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  1. To Comfort Beso
  2. pp. 14-14
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  1. Beso’s Fence
  2. pp. 15-15
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  1. Wild Beso
  2. pp. 16-16
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  1. Beso the Jack
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Husk Beso
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. A Paradise for Beso
  2. pp. 19-19
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  1. Dear Beso
  2. pp. 20-20
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  1. Beso Follows
  2. pp. 21-21
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  1. Beso Attends
  2. pp. 22-22
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  1. Cézanne and Beso
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Bach Beso
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. Beso’s Window
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Beso and His Peers
  2. pp. 26-26
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  1. Beso Stomps
  2. pp. 27-27
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  1. Al-Beso
  2. pp. 28-28
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  1. Beso’s Deepest
  2. pp. 29-29
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  1. Beso’s Bucket
  2. pp. 30-30
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  1. Beso the Acropolis
  2. pp. 31-31
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  1. To Touch Beso
  2. pp. 32-32
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  1. Beso’s Dignity
  2. pp. 33-33
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  1. Beso Glared
  2. pp. 34-34
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  1. Beso’s Position
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. Beso Solved
  2. pp. 36-36
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  1. Beso’s Part
  2. pp. 37-37
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  1. Beso the Sphinx
  2. pp. 38-38
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  1. Equus Asinus, Beso—On Blame
  2. pp. 39-39
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  1. Beso Prefers
  2. pp. 40-40
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  1. Beso’s Stream of Gold
  2. pp. 41-41
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  1. Beso Dozed Off
  2. pp. 42-42
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  1. Beso and the Mailman
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. II. With Beso
  2. pp. 45-46
  1. Beso the Helmsman
  2. pp. 47-47
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  1. Ask Beso
  2. pp. 48-48
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  1. I Wish Beso
  2. pp. 49-49
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  1. Beso Brings Beso
  2. pp. 50-50
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  1. The Real Beso
  2. pp. 51-51
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  1. Hajj to Beso
  2. pp. 52-52
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  1. Beso Is a Sound
  2. pp. 53-53
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  1. Beso’s Dialect
  2. pp. 54-54
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  1. Beso Steps Out
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. Where Beso
  2. pp. 56-56
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  1. Beso Settles It
  2. pp. 57-57
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  1. Earthly Beso
  2. pp. 58-58
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  1. Beso Expands
  2. pp. 59-59
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  1. With Beso
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. Civilization Beso
  2. pp. 61-61
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  1. Beso Engages
  2. pp. 62-62
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  1. Beso’s Jaw
  2. pp. 63-63
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  1. Beso’s Mind
  2. pp. 64-64
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  1. Mood Beso
  2. pp. 65-65
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  1. Wounded Beso
  2. pp. 66-66
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  1. III. Beyond Beso
  2. pp. 67-68
  1. Beso Lifts His Nose
  2. pp. 69-69
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  1. Beso’s Dust
  2. pp. 70-70
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  1. Silence Beso
  2. pp. 71-71
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  1. Beso Huffed
  2. pp. 72-72
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  1. Used Beso
  2. pp. 73-73
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  1. Beso
  2. pp. 74-74
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  1. Beso Keeps
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Beso’s Question
  2. pp. 76-76
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  1. Wall Beso
  2. pp. 77-77
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  1. Seeing Beso
  2. pp. 78-78
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  1. Soul Beso
  2. pp. 79-79
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  1. Beyond Beso
  2. pp. 80-80
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  1. Nameless Beso
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 83-86
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 87-87
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