The Rabbit

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The rabbit
obliges the fox
with his succulent meat
only after
leading it through
a merry chase
that keeps the fox
in good trim.
The rabbit’s stealth
and camouflage
keep the fox’s eyes
sharp
and sense of smell (these
are a pleasure to the fox)
keen.
Sometimes the rabbit
withholds his offering,
letting fox and kits go hungry,
protecting them
from the perils
of their own appetites,
keeping the fox tribe lean.
The rabbit escapes
and reproduces,
so that the fox will not run
out
of rabbits
to eat.

The fox, in turn,
keeps the rabbit
fit and fast,
keen,
alert,
in love with
grass,
rush,
and sedge,
close to his family,
in manageable numbers,
stealthy,
cunning,
and cunningly furred.

The grass loves the rabbit
and would suffer in its absence.
The grass loves the sun,
who feeds it
and sometimes burns it
with gentle,
cleansing
fires. The sun
loves
the black hole
in the center of the galaxy
and yearns for it.

And who’s to say
what comes
of the black hole’s dark,
mysterious love?

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