Animal Revenge: A Pantoum by Deanne Richards

Animal Revenge

A deer head sits on the lawn
Band-aids drip blood
Windy paths blow toxins
Flies land on fur

Band-Aids drip blood
Broken glass reflects the moon
Flies land on fur
Grasshoppers tiptoe in blades of green

Broken glass reflects the moon
Red tears roll down
Grasshoppers tiptoe in blades of green
Looking for rubies

Red tears roll down
Asleep in China
Looking for rubies
He eats poisonous mushrooms

Asleep in China
She grows fur
He eats poisonous mushrooms
Her lips are eyes

She grows fur
Her body fits in corners
Her lips are eyes
Cats cradle string fingers

Her body fits in corners
He pries her loose
Cats cradle string fingers
He sings lullabies

He pries her loose
She hides under coffee tables
He sings lullabies
She plugs her ears

She hides under coffee tables
He carries dead animals
She plugs her ears
He reaches for her

He carries dead animals
Ravens walk down the driveway
He reaches for her
She is a shadow

Ravens walk down the driveway
A deer head sits on the lawn
He reaches for her
Flies land on fur

Bio: Deanne Richards is a digital artist and writer living in Santa Fe, NM.

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