the first prick i feel, i react,

my arm reveals the outline of my slap

and in my palm a splat of blood and wing….



i watch as another of Her tribe comes to sip…

and ponder if there are any microbes of danger in the spit that would do violence to me….


sometimes avoidance is the holiest choice –

tomorrow, long sleeves and bug spray….

(all natural of course!)


About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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