What Burns Above My House

There is so much happening in the sky
it's all we can do to keep ourselves distracted.

Late summer. The monsoon rolls in.
We set the mowers against the grass,
they graze like domesticated helicopters.
Their growl fills up the neighborhood.

Hawks float down from the foothills
bending the wind with their wide arms.
They watch for mice running from the mowers' whirling mouths.

The clear sky hemorrhages a beautiful white cancer,
the sun becomes more beautiful in its gradual eclipse
because we notice only transitions and invent things--like boredom-- 
to camouflage our moments.

Everything smells of clean electric sex.
The wind has distance on its breath.
The afternoon begins to explode.

A season like this
makes me wonder how we ever managed
to shove time into clocks and watches,
keeping time like a tiger on a leash,
oblivious to its obvious rebellion.

Sooner doesn't always come before later.
Now is never stuck in the middle.

The dirt roads will arrive eventually.
Today they're running late.