Donna JT Smith and Jennifer Fendya

Donna JT Smith
I Know About Bunnies”
Watercolor pencils

Unanticipated Relations
With Hidden Vulnerabilities
By Jennifer Fendya

Inspiration piece

Plunging my protected, garden-
gloved hand into a mound
of leaves leftover from the Fall,

crested into a sheltering
alcove by the porch (the task
to clean out the refuse),

I brush against heartbeat
and fur, sudden quick but
unseen movement, an imaged

softness, blurred recall
of fingers inside warm
winter mittens.

I startle and pray
with each breath PLEASE

let me have destroyed
the home, trespassed
the Mother, made abandoned

the babies. I realize
completely that I know
nothing about bunnies.

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