Hog-Nosed Skunk

By Ellen Bryant Voigt

because she’s half blind and thus prefers
complete not partial darkness and because
she cannot raise her tail entirely over her back
in order to use her one weapon her one defense
when you come to the squirrel trap from behind
and cover with a blanket the wire box
although my beloved won’t believe it’s true
she just gives up she just gives up

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/08/hog-nosed-skunk/308565/