Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Published with Permission
by Bamboo Ridge Press (1993)


Bernie let me touch the glass eyes
in the tray at his shop.
He order um from a magazine call Van Dyke.
He tell sheeps and goat get the same eye.
Chinese ring neck pheasant or blue pheasant
same like a chicken or like my rabbit, Clyde.

Bernie, he stuff Clyde when he die last Easter,
but when I seen my rabbit —
all matted his fur was
and his eyes no was the same;
his teeth was real buck not like the real Clyde.
I say, Thanks, Bernie.  I know
he trying for be kind to me
but I cry all the way home.
That’s why Bernie say he going quit stuffing pets.

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