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In His Dream

Jake is a black-

tailed jackrabbit.

His belly is flush

against the sand


in his scrape

beneath a scrub

of mesquite.  The five

thousand stars


visible above him

are torches wielded

by a violent mob.

Hidden by but a wisp


of lacy leaves, he hears

the yelps of coyotes

drawing nearer with each

vicious tick of the clock.


He tries to move but can’t,

helplessly vulnerable

to the timeless, red rite

of devourment.

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Larry D. Thomas

Jake & Violet

(Terlingua, Far West Texas)

an rhp electronic chapbook





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