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she’s a skittish one.
she’ll nuzzle your hand
and purr with pleasure,
but when the pads of your thumbs
run up her skull
bite your hand
she’s a runner.
you may watch behind the trees
toss her compliments
lay affection before this sacred creature
but one step forward
she will sprint
you’ve never seen a beast run like her
you will never see it coming
she’s a fragile one.
she’s seen her kind trapped before her eyes
held hostage by the Wrong One
for this beast
every step is towards her capture
every word is suffocation.
she knows it’s a lie
not every outreached hand will strangle her
she wants to lean into each caress
to give the beauty in the being
but she’s believed the deception so long
she has become deceiver.
cause she kills.
PC. Peony Yip