The child began to hum
like electricity through a wire
to vibrate and transmit information, alive

and not-alive
the way a bee will hum
against a window or a rabbit, in a wire

will still hop. The wire
tightens; the rabbit, thinking itself alive
will move against the bees’ drowsy summer-hum

If you hum a tune, the child or the rabbit will dance like a puppet on a wire, mimicking something alive.