z o r b i t o l

zorbitol is not a nuisance bear

a hand brushes aside a face to reveal another, and another
a valley of hides and orchards
a house with a white-haired couple over a worn table
hands moving cutlery
a cry, a scream
hands moving cutlery
a dry, wrinkled, cracked, finger, the insides visible
a bug beneath the fingernail retreats into
a warm warren, tunnel meeting tunnel meeting tunnel meeting tunnel meeting tunnel opening onto
a tree bristling with blossoms in blistered sun
a trunk made not of wood but of densely packed ants, their mandibles clacking to produce
a constant clatter
hands moving cutlery