For Nell


some special object sitting on the end
of the piano addicted to such
a wooden step knuckles against anxiety 
the pores around my nipples sweat, contract
when deprivation threatens     I lose the rabbit
search party       turns up an ear, an eye, four legs and a tail
in the pocket at the back of the driver’s seat
now hanging by the ear from the mouth of a cheeky dog
now pegged by the ear to the clothes’ line after a rough cycle
waves and waves      of fear I clutch    the rabbit’s foottruly     ‘not-me’


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