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screech jays mock the summer long
black-blue feathers litter the lawn

el perro negro se camina al lado de la mariposa
whose herky-jerky flight embarrasses its pretty preen wings

and it is us, now,
in the full steam of summer
the mushrooms rise overnight
and the sun, steam flay them belly-up-open

them sticky virulent phages lack relent in their nightly rages

and smother the easy erring greens

once-lush that honeysuckle come black and blue

the sky she aches to drop her surrender-raised, rain-filled arms

and she, too, like the butterfly that lands wings down

is embarrassed at shame-barren

and will not let go her bundles

say something nice ... or not

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