Animal Writes
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8 July 2001 Issue

by Kristen Sharer

from "Vicki Sharer" - [email protected] 

When Billy was 6

One fine Easter day,

He received a gift

With which he could play.

It was a sweet little bunny

With hair to the floor.

What could have happened

When it was found dead by the door?

Accidental, they said.

Billyís just a child.

He just played too rough.

He got a little bit wild.

When Billy was 10

At a neighborís house,

He poured some bleach

On a friendly pet mouse.

Boys will be boys

Is what they said.

Be careful, they added

As they patted his head.

When Billy turned 12

They found some deep cuts

On the face and the neck

Of the sweet family mutt.

No harm was done.

The dogís not hurt bad.

He didnít mean to do it.

He truly feels sad.

When Billy was 16,

He took a gun to school.

He fired upon them

While calling them fools.

When Billy was finished

Having his fun,

He smiled at his carnage

And lay down his gun.

The town went on weeping

All through the trial.

He showed no remorse.

He showed not a smile.

What happened, they asked,

To a boy so fine?

How could it be

He showed not a sign.

What about me?

Said the ghost of the long dead mouse?

And I the rabbit

Who was found dead in his house?

And the elderly dog

With scars that still showed

Softly whined and wondered,


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