The Blue Hare
Stepping off the path,
a silver car rushes by.
I never saw it coming,
yet I felt the ground give way.
I knelt down within myself.
The hare that lives in my mind,
snug in her thick coat and
safe in her wide-open eyes,
breaks free and runs across me.
She purrs, sniffs my body,
looks up, pisses and moves on.
So it happens that I am reborn
into my warm russet fur and strong legs.
Mountain hare, white hare,
Irish hare, blue hare.
Many names, one thumping spirit.
A hare will not move until it has to,
stillness and camouflage its defence,
safe in its form of flattened earth.
What does it mean to be free?
Hare breath touching the ribs.
Watching everything going still,
galloping through swirls of thyme,
sedge and gorse.