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Jack Strange 1958 (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Along the path I heard the badger squeal,
stopping me in my tracks, reminding me
of an innocent time when once I rushed
to rescue this weasel from the ragged jaws
of a dogged wolf, swinging my stick, striking
the biter only to be bitten by
the badger I’d just saved from bloody hell,
as if I were his enemy as well.

Now pain remembered engendered new fear
of the badger’s bite as I slowly drew near
the perilous piercing squeals. Then I saw him --
his paw in a trap, the trap on a chain -- grim
prospect even for one so fierce and mean.
But do I dare to hope to set him free?
Or stifle mercy for security?

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From Chapter I, "Trust vs. Mistrust," of Strange's book "Would-Be Poems."

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Written on November 21, 2001

Submitted by JackStrange on September 14, 2021

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