Hi LA. Thank you so much for the considerate critique. You gave me some great advice to think about, and maybe I'll change it some day. Like you said, I knew when I finished that I made it too long but I had some extra ideas that I wanted to hold until I could decide if I wanted them or not later.
Anyway... great poem. Very sad and contemplative. How often do we think about dead animals on the road, much less care? You made me care and think. Excellent work. God bless.