When the rabbits appeared in the tapestry,
I knew he had come to visit.

I tore their prints and patched them
onto paper.
Ode to honoring love lost.

Before he died he chased a jackrabbit.
Not one ounce of care in the world,
only concern for sinking his teeth into fresh fur,
for running away from me and into the woods.
That wild son.

Since he died, I haven’t gone to the woods.
Maybe I’d find him there
with a collection of fur from small animals
and his sweet canine soul living amongst the blue, soft soil.
My love for him a constant wind, keeping him warm at night.

Georgina Marie Guardado

Georgina Marie Guardado is the Poet Laureate of Lake County, CA for 2020-2024, the first Mexican-American and youngest to serve in this role, and a Poets Laureate Fellow with The Academy of American Poets. She is the Literary Editor for The Bloom, a contributing writer for Antioch University’s Common Thread News, Interim Executive Director for the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, and Literacy Program Coordinator for the Lake County Library. As part of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual chapbook exchange, she created her first poetry chapbook Finding the Roots of Water in 2018 and her second chapbook Tree Speak in 2019. Her work has appeared in The Bloom, Noyo Review, Poets.org, Humble Pie Magazine, Gulf Coast Journal, Yellow Medicine Review, The Muleskinner Journal, Colossus: Freedom, and is forthcoming in Two Hawks Quarterly. She lives with her rescue dogs Kenya and Micco and her formerly feral cat Mistie, and is currently working on her full-length poetry manuscript, The Length of Trauma Covets.

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