Compassionate Women

they take animals into their lives

spend days, months, petting, feeding

cleaning up mess, throwing out broken stuff

 

they kiss, cuddle and pamper as

his lordship curses and growls

they have themselves photographed with him

make videos, become well known

 

eventually the beast attacks and devours them

posthumously they become news items

 

it doesn’t stop others from imitating

doesn’t stop town folk, mothers

and neighbors who got scratched and mauled

 

from saying

we told you so

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