chalky sky, rorschach trees, songbirds stirring.
cruel breeze rustling through slated overgrowth,
subdued ‘neath viscous weight. raindrops spurring
sediment’ry displacement, bound by oath.
a lone squirrel bounds from limb to limb, bending
weathered branches silhouetted against
the blue hour. sullen, overcast, fending
off the heat of blooming hours, incensed.
puddles like rippling continents flowing
into each other across a cobbled
walk. sodden earth engorged, resting, growing
green. the fallen leaf – vessel tossed – hobbled.
weary weather whisp’ring wetly, marbles
melding, merging – rivers rolling, garbled.