Wildlife, Sanctuary


The animals that you’ve taken

Out of your poems huddle around me.

The things they mean live in them like parasites.

They cannot return to the wilderness, all imprinted

With your troubles and obsessions as they are.

They flick their ears, still listening

For your urgent way of making sense of things,

Expecting your clutch of knuckles in their fur.

How they sprang unbidden from your mind

In your desperations. How you sent them away

When they got too big for you to comfortably

Keep, like the leopard cub you hid until too late.

FromĀ Issue 6

AMANDA HOPE lives in eastern Massachusetts with her partner and cats. A graduate of Colgate University and Simmons College, she works as a librarian. Her poems have recently appeared in publications including The Shallow Ends, Impossible Archetype, TIMBER, honey & lime, and Barrow Street. Her chapbook, The Museum of Resentments, was published by Paper Nautilus in 2020.

Photo by Shiku Wangombe on Unsplash

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