don’t tell me any more about the dead animals

would baby rabbits    skeleton

when buried

or are their bones too plush

for staying power,

crown of fur curled over         vanished


I know now, for certain, that life isn’t                  sacred.

a set of bones     not primed       for future fossil.

I am sure          you are sure             that this is not forever
I am sure          I am sure                  that it could still         outlive me