Air Quality Alert

watersnake turning back
into an empty creek bed

does a broom learn
to love the taste of dust

the air is grimy with boreal
ghosts of trees

the lurid sunrise
somehow lasts all day

no-see-ums become visible
wandering in circles

under the towering hair-
trees on my skin

i itch to get going
mountains are beginning to vanish

this haze may have come all the way
from the ming dynasty

beech leaves are losing their green
to the new black

swifts wheel high overhead
the world’s their chimney

a greyhound bus gives birth
to a litter of smokers

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