Scylla the Pit Bull rounded
The house with a rat in her mouth.
An owl swooped close
To Randy’s head while

He swam in the pool.
A wasp stung a cicada
On the patio. His dying noise
Turned the potted plants yellow.
Walter the Lab Mix gibbered
And whined. He might could
Have broken into talk. You might could
Have listened. You might could
Have heard. You might could
Have known there’s no escape
From the natural world.