The birds build nests of coins and drought turns earth
so it will not release the grass and makes
leaves on the trees grow thick, dark green-too dark.
The shrews and rabbits multiply. The cats
are too hot to go out and stalk by day.
Night is replete with owls, hazy with dogs
David Landrum lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, teaches as an adjunct at three different schools, writes fiction and poetry, and edits the online poetry journal, Lucid Rhythms.