You must have been eluding a predator,
Losing sight of our house.
Did you realize that it was too late
To change course?
Did you not have time
To brace for impact?
I watched your last breaths,
As you gave in to the inevitable.
Did you have a nest somewhere
With others counting on you?
Were you leading your enemy from them
To keep your family safe?
I took hold of you
As your soul took flight.
What did I know about
Your beautiful build?
How could you carry such colors
In the harsh realities of living wild?
You were still warm,
Bending in my hands without any resistance.
Should I have buried you
In the tall grasses behind our house?
Why did I keep hearing
“Let the coyotes eat?”
I gently placed you at the edge of the woods,
Thinking nature would know better what to do.