Dogs 2013

SQUIRREL CAFE
(9/9/13)


our pecan tree
is carrying
quite
the load
this year

the squirrels
heartily enjoy
the overabundance

they feast
frequently
upon a low branch
overhanging
the back door
awning

as they
discard shells
unripe nuts
and other detritus
there is
a constant
clanging
upon the sheet
metal

it's quite
the clamor

quite
the mess

we crunch
across it all
as we walk
back and forth
to the garage

track it
into our house

into
our cars

my wife
hates
that tree

those rodents

they chatter
at me
menacingly
as I attempt
to bus
the patio
below

a demanding
bunch
of diners
indeed

we will
not harvest
even
a pie's worth
after
they have eaten
their fill

the staff
grows weary
of another
laborious year
without
dessert

in season

it seems

we never
close