Treasure Island

richard ilnicki

(2-25-45 / Austin Texas)

The hunt for love


By my nature
i am not a hunter.
hunting implies
that killing takes place.
the last thing
i want to do
is to kill something.

is hunting wrong?
not necessarily,
but i think hunting is wrong
for me.
besides, as far as i am concerned
motive makes all the difference.
for example,
i was a hunter once
and didn't even know it.
a certain innocence had taken me
into the snowy woods
one snowy evening.
i was hunting
for someone to love.
little did i know my nonchalance
would lead me to another hunter.
this hunter
was moving cautiously
through the same poetic snowy woods
binding snowflakes into winter dreams.
this hunter was careful
to avoid familiar mantraps
while also hunting for someone to love.

Submitted: Friday, July 24, 2009

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