Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2012 v11n1
 print version
 download audio

Note Left for My Former Self

I’ve seen a group of farm kids
hypnotize a rabbit
by pinning it on its back
then stroking its neck.

This is what I think of
when I see you in the night—

not the trick,
but the distress call
we manage to send out
while we are pinned
to our stillness.  

“Note Left for My Former Self” was originally published in Home Burial (2012), and is used by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

return to top