The hare that doesn’t share today

The Winter
harsher this late April
when it shouldn’t be
had receded from a sidewalk I walked
home on.
Only in late afternoon
had the warmth managed to melt the snow
It was damp and gritty
but better
than the inch of harsh and crusty snow
that morning.
Then I came across it.
I don’t know from when.
Or how.
Perhaps ran over on the near
road and dragged or tossed
But a stiff and flattened
bunny sat framed squarely
in the rectangle of the sidewalk
as if set in place
by some artist of proportion.
It lay on its side.
Fur clumped and grey rimed.
Head, paws, ears stretched out
somewhat surreal
with no flicker
no essence
just dead
grisly and
greeting what passes for Spring
this year.


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