Poetry Contest Winning Entry!

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The First Bi-Weekly Phoenix Poetry Contest Has A winner! Enjoy the odic musings of Reuben Gelley Newman ‘21


On the Morning of the Lunar Eclipse

your mother hears thrashing

and when she wakes up

looks downstairs, outside:

a rabbit whose feet

were snapped

in rat traps clattering

across grey concrete.

Before you call Animal Rescue,

the rabbit slips

into green:

the beast is unseen,

soft, brown, fleeing

into the garden.


you capture it––snap––

in the black hole

of your phone, curled

like a fetus in a black

net, newly freed

and cradled in the mesh.

The rescuers let it hop

into a cage in their truck,

and they drive off as the sky

begins to darken,

and then you can only see

black, and then, the sun,

it comes back.

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