Dear Rabbit Brood

Dear rabbit brood,

huddled deep beneath a mound

of branches and leaves

recently cleared from the back field,

please feed beneath the cover of darkness,

or

alongside that gang of squirrels.

 

When the lights go on in the house,

it means the dogs will be let out soon.

And  in the light of day,

there’s no telling when they will rip

across the yard towards you.

 

So please take care.

I could not bear to find

a broken body

lying emptied of breath and blood

on the snow

that is falling now,

in soft hushes on the yard,

where you

come to feed.

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