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The Rabbit in Your Ear

Today marks a year after the passing of Nelson Mandela, father of South Africa. I wrote something around that time last year, “The Breath of Sparrows.” This year, with the current government seeming to move even further from Mandela’s legacy, something as trivial as a bunny would have made a huge difference.

The following is a first draft.

Image from The Guardian.

The Rabbit in Your Ear

Made us laugh. It was harmless,
a moment of whimsy
at a time of grief. As quick

as it was inserted in your
stately image, it was removed
without ceremony.

I can only imagine your laughing
with us now, saying
“You should have kept it

in my ear. It makes me
more real.”