|"My Rabbit" by Bridget Clawson - Winner - Phoenix Photo&Fiction
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by Bridget Clawson
I adopted a white rabbit with petite black circles on his back. He came with
the name, Willie Nelson, typed on a white index card and clipped to his wire
Willie Nelson is constantly saying through clinched crushing teeth, “Let me
go.” I hold him under one arm, his paws curling around my flesh. making
breathless hairpin turns like a Maserati. His nails are perfectly transparent,
hard as quartz, poking skin of my downy forearm in thin white skid tracks.
I might wear my dead husband’s plaid flannel lumberjack shirts when I carry
him for long periods, his toenails tugging at flannel grid patterns, mimicking
what I used to do.
He nibbles his kibble, watching me fish in the freezer for frozen M&Ms. I
recall my mother yelling at me to get out, and my father screeching out of
the driveway scary. I always check paper bags and boxes by the side of
the road to see if they contain discarded rabbits, or kittens, or newborn
From Willie Nelson I have learned that male rabbits spray like tomcats,
vibrating with a rear foot stomping flourish. He lets me know when he has
to go by holding his front paws together like a yogi and blinking hard at me,
asking to be restrained.
He came to me in a sort of reverent wildness. At any moment, Willie Nelson
suddenly draws tributaries of crimson pink blood from my neck. I try to
comfort him from the parapet of my shoulder and he likes to tend to my
wounds from that high hiding place, like a medicine god in thick white
speckled robes. I press healing leaves of comfrey on my neck wounds and
Willie Nelson nibbles the glistening green stalks like a glossy deity between
Bridget Clawson lives and writes in Edmonds, Washington, USA. She has
written two books on grief and loss, The Widow Lessons and Baptized
Every Morning, both available on Amazon. Her poetry and flash fiction have
appeared in numerous literary journals and are posted on her facebook page,
authorbridgetclawson. She is currently working on a book of fiction, The
Brothel Keeper's Diary.
First Place: The Monthly Flash Fiction Contest #2
by Bridget Clawson
(Edmonds, Washington, USA)
|Published December 31, 2017
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