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The Rabbit

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When I saw the baby cotton tail
running fast along the sidewalk streetlights
reflected in his eyes
a single wild heartbeat in the city

I remembered that night we made
frantic love
on the metal roof of your van
unprotected in the summer heat

With me on my back
did you see the falling stars
reflected in my eyes
feel the wild heartbeat in my chest

We talked until sunrise
anxious, wondering if we created
a mistake
making promises and
choosing names

I’d forgotten all of it
until I saw the bunny
passing through shadows and light
no grass, just concrete
his frantic movement
his wide and fearful eyes

and oh how I ached to love
so small a thing