I coaxed you into my life
like a wild animal and loved you too hard.
Like when the fox said to the Little Prince,

To you I am nothing more than a fox
like a hundred thousand other foxes.
But if you tame me, then we shall need
each other. To me, you will be unique
in all the world. To you, I shall be unique
in all the world.

You are my fox, and I am just a hunter.
A hundred others would’ve come,
but they would’ve worn you like a scarf.

I’m a terrible keeper, but I’m yours.

You let me remove your heart
with a machete, when I couldn’t take
away your nature, and sew it back after.

Selected byNolcha Fox
Image credit:Ray Hennessy

Kaci Skiles Laws is a closet cat-lady and creative writer who reads and writes voraciously in the quiet moments between motherhood and managing Crohn's Disease. She was a 2023 winner for Button Poetry's short form contest, and her short story Eugene was nominated for a pushcart prize in 2022 by Dead Skunk Mag. Her most recent poetry has appeared in 3Elements Review, River Teeth Journal, Blood Tree Literature, and elsewhere. Her poetry books, "Strange Beauty" and "Summer Storms" are available on Amazon, and her most recent chapbook, "Smile, Child" is available from Bottlecap Press.