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I love you, said Wolf to Rabbit
She was smiling full in her face
not knowing it meant so many teeth
not knowing joy can be frightening

I love you, said Rabbit to Wolf
but so quietly it didn’t escape
went out as a shadow whisper
Rabbit not yet ready to be brave

They curled clockwise on the couch
as Wolf brushed out Rabbit’s hair
gentle as a cherry blossom breeze

Rabbit boxed Wolf’s shoulder hard
and threw Wolf on the wooden floor
A warning of her tender strength

When they kissed,
both used teeth

Wolf grabbed the nape of Rabbit’s neck
as they went walking close in the dark

As Wolf got Rabbit lost
she learned her language
until they found each other
inside of invented words

The full moon made a crown for Rabbit
and Wolf bowed her head as she danced

When they slept,
their noses touched

In the morning, Rabbit punched
Wolf with a pillow and jumped
straight into the air

Wolf woke wide eyed and jumped
on the bed, bouncing too
blaming gravity

for the falling

I love you, said Rabbit to Wolf
She was smiling full in her face
knowing that joy can be daunting
but that she was born to be brave

I love you, said Wolf to Rabbit
so loud the sounds darted escape
and went to decorate the sun
but Wolf was not ready to leave

—  Lux, “Courtship Rituals.”