On his back and we laughed like old friends on picnic gingham. I cupped him in my palm and said please be my protector and he promised with a wide-mouthed fingertip kiss. He hopped to the earth rolled amongst the pebbles and moss like a dog in bliss, a chicken dustbath. A snarling weasel sprung intent from the wild grass and milkweed soared fang-first to the toad’s yellow belly the collision screamed like feral strays then, a tire burst, a shredding rip of rubber, air deflating too fast. The weasel whimpered and slid serpentine into the high meadow, while the toad panted, curled tight into himself. I saw liver red mince in the dirt a single limp string of pulpy gut trailing from the puncture. I scooped him up, begged him not to die and he croaked, I’m fine, I’m fine but his eyes were half-milky.
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Corroborations 2014 was held at the University Libraries, The University of South Dakota, from January 16 – May 2, 2014. The Corroborations 2014 exhibition paired USD visual arts and poetry majors in order to create new collaborative work and to both broaden acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines.