Stag stared at the owner's bedroom window before methodically beheading the tall garden phlox. The yearlings sampled the wavy jade and cream leaves from the expensive hostas, skipping the leaves with sun damage painted in brown around their edges.

'Possum told Armadillo, Cat and the Chipmunks an exaggerated version of his escape from the Armadillo trap. The 'Munks watched Cat—the tip of his tail quivered like a graphite fishing pole in a thunderstorm. Cat watched the youngest daughter creep to the garage to get the bottle hidden in the old cooler. He remained silent about her and his embarrassing night in the trap; unsure why the owners used cat food to bait Armadillo.
Raccoon invented an amusing game. The animals took turns poking paws and hooves in the trap when they weren't plundering the garden and consuming cat food, which everyone but Armadillo had acquired a taste for.  

Jules Jacob

julie ginkgoJulie "Jules" Jacob is a contemporary poet who often writes about dichotomous conditions and relationships among humans and the natural world. Her poems are recently featured or forthcoming in Plume Poetry, The Tishman Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, Yes Poetry and elsewhere. She is the author of The Glass Sponge chapbook with select poems featured at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts and Le Moulin à Nef where she was a resident of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Poetry Workshop.

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