5 has keys. 5 jangles.
Closes cabinets with hips.
9 slithers up the glass windows,
copulates on the roof.
in the succulent old birch tree,
sipping insipid syrup leaking as though from a sieve.
Trees hear each other cry.
Fighting with a chipmunk for nuts is 4.
4 with big teeth and base instinct
who made the terrain with his little claw year by year.
3 is a sucker for Romance languages,
estuaries that burn the thirsty livid.
See the gators muscle through the delta
unaware he watches hungry.
7 churns in the puddles
bites mosquitoes til they welt
8 carves slices of watermelon beyond the fence
listening to them nest and
content without toys
1 sings high in the breeze,
perched on a cell tower.
sweet sweat dripping from him
a rain of sugar.