The Rabbit in Your Ear

Today marks a year after the passing of Nelson Mandela, father of South Africa. I wrote something around that time last year, “The Breath of Sparrows.” This year, with the current government seeming to move even further from Mandela’s legacy, something as trivial as a bunny would have made a huge difference.

The following is a first draft.

Image from The Guardian.

The Rabbit in Your Ear

Made us laugh. It was harmless,
a moment of whimsy
at a time of grief. As quick

as it was inserted in your
stately image, it was removed
without ceremony.

I can only imagine your laughing
with us now, saying
“You should have kept it

in my ear. It makes me
more real.”


About matangmanok

Jim Pascual Agustin writes and translates poetry. Sometimes he tries his hand at essays and stories. His latest book is BLOODRED DRAGONFLIES, published by Deep South in South Africa. Check out the official blog page for Bloodred Dragonflies. In 2011 the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in Manila released BAHA-BAHAGDANG KARUPUKAN (poems in Filipino) and ALIEN TO ANY SKIN (poems in English). The same publisher released his most recent poetry collections SOUND BEFORE WATER and KALMOT NG PUSA SA TAGILIRAN. In 2015 a new poetry collection in English, A THOUSAND EYES was released. His first collection of short stories in Filipino, SANGA SA BASANG LUPA, was released in 2016. UK publisher The Onslaught Press launches his poetry collection, WINGS OF SMOKE, worldwide in February 2017. San Anselmo Publications released HOW TO MAKE A SALAGUBANG HELICOPTER & OTHER POEMS in 2019 followed by CROCODILES IN BELFAST & OTHER POEMS in 2020 - both books can be purchased through their Facebook page. View all posts by matangmanok

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