The Mama rabbit in the city
dug a nest in our back yard.
She pulled fur from her own body,
hiding babies in the grass.
She came to nurse them every hour,
but she watched them from afar.
Hawks and foxes might have found them
if she stayed there all the time.
I saw one baby rabbit crawling
when I mowed the grass above.
Then I saw the Mama watching
as I placed him in the nest.
The internet said she would feed him
even after touched by me.
My kids and spouse watched from the window
at the growing family.
– Steve Shoemaker, July 1, 2014