Ask for Rabbit

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Katharyn Howd Machan

Ask for Rabbit


He knows this place.

He knows which boats will sink

and which will stay afloat—awhile.

He still cooks his own conch chowder

from some of the cans that survived.

Green rain he says with a smile

I remember it blowing sideways.

Somehow he set up a shelter

like the old days, salvaged wrecks.

He bleeds coral in a neat front yard

with no fear of what comes next.


For three and a half decades, Katharyn Howd Machan picking up where Rod Serling left off, has taught creative writing at Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Her specialty courses, besides in poetry, are Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, Women and Fairy Tales, and first-year seminars called Fairy Tales: The Hero’s Journey. Her poems have appeared in 32 published collections (most recently WILD GRAPES: POEMS OF FOX [a kitsune shape-shifter] and many magazines, anthologies, and textbooks.



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