On Land

Sally Light Foot Crab scuttles over black rock.
Here: the alert red shell spotted gold,
chipped turquoise, creeping over
The Black and The Slippery, dipping sharp points
into cool air— Beloved, you are loved .

Dripping wet, a mockingbird cocks her feathered neck
as if to tell a "nature joke." Perhaps the one
about the number of females it takes to screw a frigate bird.
In the center, two slit-eyed beasts
fight 'til their death over one inch of territory.