Cattle Post

Wicker weaver nests
hung from thorny branches
like Christmas bells
ringing in a new
year of drought

Dust devils dance
between the acacia
kicking up their feet
when the wind blows
twists in the heat

Back half of pickup
drawn by donkeys
hauls 50-gallon drums
from the bore hole
to their enclosure

Sawtooth backbones
visible ribs and hips
akimbo they’re already
gathering at the gate
hoping for some relief

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