May time and mating time: the croaking crew
of frogs demands an endless course of flies,
the flies breed wildly and the mullet rise:
the Chain of Being and the food chain too.
Spring's on the loose: the shrill cicada feels
its pull, the dragonfly absorbs its rays.
A million voices cry, "More days! More days!"
and heaven answers them, "No deals. No deals."
The Price of Everything, The Edwin Mellen
Press, © 2001. Originally printed in Edge
Review. Reprinted by permission of the author.