Felis Catus Slaughters a Bunny

The door I should’ve remembered to latch,

or recognized the hunter’s howl,

but I forgot, and now her catch

she’s brought indoors to kill.

Sweet but still a cacciatrice,

an assassin by nature, la gente dice,

teaches me by example, then preens.


Copyright 2018

T. Allen Culpepper


Sleeping with Murderers

No, of course I don’t condone it;

I have enough religion left

to disapprove of pointless killing,

especially of victims totally defenseless.


Yet, that is what they both have done,

out of boredom and love of sport,

and here I am in bed between them,

sharing familial warmth and comfort,


admiring the beauty of their forms

as I watch them sleep in peace,

with no regret for their act of malice,

for the baby rabbit they have torn


apart with their vicious claws–

bloodthirsty felines living lawless.


Copyright 2016

T. Allen Culpepper