shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Tom Russell


Street Light

Squadrons of Sopwith Camels
silently dog-fighting at an altitude
of maybe thirty feet. Barely
avoiding midair collisions and none
gets shot down in smoke and flames.

The battle is set to the music
of stars singing background vocals
for the moon. Crickets report
what they see from their positions
on the ground.

A cat takes one slow
predator step closer to the pole
then darts off opposite direction
at full speed.

My wife calls me in
before I become collateral damage.