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.