Clemency Poem by Romella Kitchens

Romella Kitchens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Clemency



clemency

over the rough gravel and
up the severe grate his feet bleed
and he has thought of God that day

through the brush his 'enemy' chases
him with a black, metal rod on a bicycle
because he does not like him as much
as once thought

then, down the wide expanses of country
road...
that bicycle's terrifying squeak, the rusty
spokes so hard to quicken past...
if he can only make it to their ' home'
sometimes the violence stops and he is
given good food

the rod lays on, brings blood
then a woman emerges on the lane
and tells the man 'He's adorable. If you
don't wish him anymore, I will take him'
then, bundles him up into her arms
her scent like poppies and mercy
his catechisms answered that day
his prayers laid truthful

Friday, September 26, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: love
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
The poet had a dream about a breed of rabbit she had never seen to her knowledge while awake before. This poem is that dream. When she awakened she looked the breed of rabbit up on the internet. It was a large, brown New Foundland rabbit with round, expressive wide eyes. They hunt these rabbits there and make them into stew. But, some are kept as pets. If they had a dream like mine far more would be treated dearly. Sometimes writers have these 'Stranger Than Fiction' moments where the fictional world and the real rather merge. The poem is not simply about violence, another human being's intercession saves that creature in the poem. Be that intercession for Human beings and for animals. It is essential in our current world.Oh yes, the photograph used with this poem is simply an example of the type of rabbit in the poem... Not a specific rabbit or person for that matter.

Romella Kitchens

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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