little brown rabbit
in a field of coyotes-
5/22/2018 - Poetry form: Haiku - For many months my wife and I have seen a little brown bunny frequent our back yard from a field in the back that has coyotes, foxes, deer, opossum and raccoons. It returns to the field each day and we always think it will be its last day. But a few days later there it is again A hoppy survivor for sure! - Copyright © Mark Toney | Year Posted 2018
Thinking about silence. Or
learning that my voice doesn’t always need
to fill a room. Somewhere there is always
snow falling. Or coyotes fishing.
It’s like a dream. If I go too long
without looking it might disappear.
And then where would I be.
I want to keep everyone happy and alive
and quiet and soft. It’s like I’m the only one
in the museum. Or I’m always listening
to conversations that weren’t meant for me.
A passive way to hurt. I want to take the afternoons
and twist them until the answers come out.
I want it to make sense to you
in the way it does to me. When I get home
I’ll study the birds that live out west.
I want to already know them when I get there.
I’ve had enough surprises – I want to be a kid again
with a hand full of salamanders. Or digging
in the warm, wet earth for pill-bugs.
Universal memories. We waited hours
for the rain to pass and when the lights came on
we gazed in awe at our reflections.
The Messes We Leave
The Cats You Dump on My Door
There’s a black plastic bag sleeping in a tree
And an orange cat who treads beneath it,
The jack-o-lantern grins
That the coyotes give
As they prowl about at night.
Even after we take him inside,
He’s often so scared
Wide-eyed and meowing
Like these new owners will leave him too.
There’s a whole litter
Gone in scattered bones
Except for one who watches from rooftops and trees.
He never meows, that one,
Never accepts the invitation to come in.
There’s a pregnant kitten
Barely more than skin,
And a white calico
Who stares at us with the same cunning eyes
That outwitted the wolves other pale cats did not.
Those are the handful we tucked away behind these walls,
The rest are not so lucky.
A pair of siblings who lost the third
Two toms who yowl to each other at night,
Those are just the handful who survive still out there.
Together, they are that small number out of countless dozens
Who disappeared under car tires and canine teeth.
Mostly autobiographical with a few details changed for poetic flow. I really love cats; but I never envisioned having to take care of so many due to other people's cruelty and ****** shelter options. On a positive note, most of these scared cats calm down some after a few months and spend a lot of time sitting on top of people and purring.
Into the woods I go
To fall in love
With the coyote’s souls
And let them
Eat me whole.
I was three , no bigger than a west Texas tumbleweed . . . just three .
My mother hung the wash out on the line
and wiped the sweat off her brow with her hand .
Half an hour later the clothes were frozen .
Blue Norther . . . you can see them coming
a hundred miles away .
Wichita Falls , Texas . . . on the Wichita river .
Moses sat on a mountaintop gazing at the promised land but it was out of his hands now .
Leaning on his staff , the one that ate the Pharoh's two serpents . . . sssssssilently a single tear falls to the ground .
No fence could hold me . . . I was over or under in seconds .
A terror at three , a potential runaway .
The police knew me by first name . . . just three .
The plains of North Texas , jackrabbits , coyotes , rattlesnakes and all . . . were home .
Forty years of desert wilderness ,
till the last man , woman , and child of Egyptian connection had died ,
. . . . . . was such a sacrifice made . . . . . .
Moses was the last to fall .
On a mountaintop of no consequences .
"Run Rabbit Run"
I'm going to tear my skin apart
And I'm going to spill my guts,
The world will know how vulnerable I am,
Then they'll break my bones,
Maybe they'll feed me to the coyotes
"What a shame!" "Such a loss!" They'll scream,
They'll yell about everything I could've conquered,
while they're pinning my flesh down,
for all my worse scars to go on display
Oh society, do me a favor, and **** the standards.
— The End —