Cheryl A. Hemmerle: velveteen rabbit reprise

Spring '11 TOC

once favored
           preferred
           the chosen one
now
worn raw with age
seams ripped open
           with razor blades
stuffing pulled
           with forceps
mouth hollowed
           packed with
                      soiled underwear
eyes plucked
           sewn back       crosswise
tail gnawed
           by the dog
ears docked with
           dull scissors
stomach punched
           kicked stomped
feet chopped
           hung    dried    dyed
           rubbed for luck
jagged oozing
           hanging
                      flesh
flung
           to
                      the
corner
for the maid to clean up
           carry to the compost
weeks go by
           a slow decay

you come         s-t-a-g-g-e-r-r-i-n-g
           shirt stained with
                      blood and urine
looking for aluminum cans to
           redeem for a smoke
i shrink
           into the degrading
                      banana peels
                                  coffee grounds
you reach
           pluck
           pull me close
           stroke the small tuft of hair
                      on my battered head
           promise to
                      love
                                 me
                      forever

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