A Hare’s Breath


A hare’s breath or a hair’s breadth?

I’ve come that close to the edge so many times.

I choose the sweet hare’s breath then use her whiskers to measure how nearly I’ve come to missing my appointment with destiny.

In old age, I decide I’ve made it to the end and the right place by a nose.


(Upon mishearing Edna O’Brien this morning on the Diane Rehm Show.)

About Llyn De Danaan

LLyn De Danaan is an anthropologist and author. She writes fiction and nonfiction. Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman's Life on Oyster Bay was published by the University of Nebraska Press. She is currently a speaker for Humanities Washington.
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