Prayer to the Rabbit God

the rabbit god made bunnies
as morning brightened into day.
she gave them a green planet to eat,
made them love to hump
like rabbits
and love their babies.

bunnies make bunnies faster than plants grow, she noticed.
so, as evening darkened into night,
the rabbit god made foxes.

predation, she said,
will give my lovelies
sharp ears,
beautiful speed,
a touch of cleverness.
let them be grateful for the red fur death
and the fear that makes them so alert.

thus the rabbit god became the fox god too.
bodies are made of nutrients,
there being no other way to make them.
how could there not be carnivores?

dear god of hunter and of hunted,
i, too a body made of food, pray
to be eaten rather than outconsume providence
to love
the beauty of my fears.

San Francisco, 2011 Aug

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