Dogs 2010

GOOD FRIDAY
(4/6/10)


fleeing
the city
for the weekend
he was taking
the last
of their bags
to the car
when he spotted
the neighbor's cat
running his way
carrying something
in his mouth

face
to muzzle
he dropped
the bags
and the cat
dropped
a stunned
but uninjured
baby rabbit

he grabbed
the bunny
and shooed
away
the cat

feeling
like an idiot
cradling
the little animal
he went back
into the house
and asked the wife
what she thought
they should do

they
considered
letting it go
in another yard
but the neighborhood
was full of cats
and it was likely
to be
recaptured

she suggested
taking it
to a local vet
so they finished
packing
then packed
themselves
into the car
just as the rain
began

the vet's
receptionist
was some delicate dude
who acted as if
they were trying
to hand him
a piece of shit
instead
of an animal
in need
and suggested
that they try
elsewhere

the rain
was now
a deluge

wet
and anxious
they needed
to be on the road
so they just
started driving
he suggesting options
and she angrily
dismissing them
upset at having
the extra burden
and delay
cupped
in her hands

finally
they drove
out of the rain
and the rabbit
ventured a look out
of its fingered
cage

seeing
those bright eyes
and wriggling nose
drained the
anxiety
from both
of them

as he reached
to touch
the tiny head
he veered
into oncoming traffic
then overcorrected
in a panic
sliding them
out of control
off of the road
and flipping
the car
several times
before coming to rest
upside down
in a ditch

her grip
lessening
as the life
left the wife
the small rabbit
still uninjured
hopped from her hands
through the broken window
and into
an adjoining
field

hanging
upsidedown
from the seatbelts
and helpless
from a broken
neck
he watched
the animal leave
and his wife
die

his own
eyes clouding
he wondered
if he should have
let the cat
have its catch

what was
one more
dead bunny

really