Hours ago, the sky stopped rotating,
but the earth kept right along.
Bees swirl around a bruised peach
like electrons around an atom’s nucleus.
The magpies attach towropes to the sky,
attempt to catch it up.
As we wait the magpies’ return,
the mistletoe consumes a cottonwood.
When you are barefoot,
bees harvesting clover blooms are tiny landmines.
This is the year the roses go on strike,
middle grey petals, a repellent metallic odor sent forth.
The bees refuse to pollinate the roses this season—
an unintended consequence.
The magpies return, pleased with their group effort.
The sky and earth synchronized with Swiss timekeeping precision.
copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney