natural selection

the crickets
reported for duty
coffee in hand
to find a busy night waiting
triple homicide
crime scene taped worms
along the sidewalk
back porch
shut-in salamander
eaten by
the poppy bush snake
front porch
had found his
bitter end
in the clamped jaws
of the neighbors
grifter dog
who has a record of
killing chickens
chalk outlines
rapidly filling local coops
and the volunteer potato plant
took three slugs in the eye
while the ants
assemble the lineup
termites start the paperwork
all the while
they suspect a mole
in the department

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