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To Gun Me Down

Joel Weishaus*



Half-hidden behind
pine and manzanita,
she spots me, her walk

Close by,
she cocks an eye--
"You live up the trail,
don't you?"

"That's right."
"Didn't rec'nize you.
Must be the hat." I grin,

then see,
a pearl-handled pistol
snuggled under her arm.

Deer sigh, squirrels shake
their small gray heads,
that in these woods,
my home, my own kind
think to gun me down.



*2010 WOOD COIN: Predators then Pets then Foodstuffs Issue: Weishaus, “To Gun Me Down”