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The Jackal

He is Egyptian god ANUBIS
This jackal-headed man with outsized ears
Caretaker of the netherworld
         Harbinger of death

Arabs call him IBN AWEE
For his high-pitched whining
This feared creature of the night
         Master of deception

Specialist in efficient killing
Taught well by parent’s example
He makes up for small size
         By cunning and viciousness

Poorly equipped to defend himself
This vile beast’s victims will include
Smaller, more defenseless prey

         Even his own species

         Even human children