Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#PoetryBreak: Another Feeling

Woman with Umbrella (M.A. Reilly)

Another Feeling

By Ruth Stone
Once you saw a drove of young pigs
crossing the highway. One of them
pulling his body by the front feet,
the hind legs dragging flat.
Without thinking,
you called the Humane Society.
They came with a net and went for him.
They were matter of fact, uniformed;
there were two of them,
their truck ominous, with a cage.
He was hiding in the weeds. It was then
you saw his eyes. He understood.
He was trembling.
After they took him, you began to suffer regret.
Years later, you remember his misfit body
scrambling to reach the others.
Even at this moment, your heart
is going too fast; your hands sweat.

  • Reprinted from In the Dark, Copper Canyon Press, 2004, by permission of the author and publisher.
  • Source: In the Dark (2004)


  1. Nothing is worse than living with regret and not being able to forgive yourself for the choices you made.


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