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"Traveling Through the Dark" by William Stafford Traveling through the dark I found a deer dead on the edge of the Wilson River road. It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead. By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing; she had stiffened already, almost cold. I dragged her off; she was large in the belly. My fingers touching her side brought me the reason -- her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, alive, still, never to be born. Beside that mountain road I hesitated. The car aimed its lowered parking lights; under the hood purred the steady engine. I stood in glare of the warm exhaust turning red; around our group I could hear the wilderness listen. I thought hard for us all -- my only swerving -- then pushed her over the edge into the river. from THE DARKNESS AROUND US IS DEEP: SELECTED POEMS OF WILLIAM STAFFORD, Harperperennial, 1994 "Shooting Rats at the Bibb County Dump" by David Bottoms Loaded on beer and whiskey, we ride to the dump in carloads to turn our headlights across the wasted field, freeze the startled eyes of rats against mounds of rubbish. Shot in the head, they jump only once, lie still like dead beer cans.
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