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D a w n  C o r r i g a n 



Baiting Bats



As a boy he’d catch bats

on a fishing pole baited with cheese.


In the deep of evening

he’d reel his catch in


then put a box with an eyehole

cut out over the bat


and look for a while.

When he was done


he’d untangle the bat

from the cheese and release it


throwing it into the air

where it would flounder


a moment before righting itself

and flapping back into the night.




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