brother will find you days-late, curled over the compost heap.

We will be inside and faceless when a robin trips

down our chimney into the living room and trills


pebbled ground, tapered tree root abide him not—

thorn blackberry vine recoil—tunnel pill bug


and earthworm too. He ferment, if laid below, and haunt

the wood, a putrid fog. I speak for crab spider spin


in pear blossom (he wilt them), and woodpecker

sleep in oak tree (he push them from their nests).


I speak for creature and green. I speak for dirt.

We will take him not. You must.


The first day, we will puzzle over the song. The ground will resist our spades.

The second day, we will undress you and watch you bloat. We will whistle

at the robin. We will beg for answers. The ground will resist our axes.


On the third day, we will carry your corpse to the kitchen table.

Your open eyes like mayonnaise, will glisten in the lamplight. Your lips

will shrivel and blue. Mom will recite we will take him, plunge her hand


into the yellow belly, and pull out your liver. She will bite

into it and bile will drip down her chin. She will pass the organ

clockwise around the table, for us kids to partake.


This is how we will eat you—sucking even the marrow

(though we bloat and clutch our stomachs) from your bones—

until you are gone. Our intestines will writhe inside us.


Sister will get to the toilet first—the rest of us will scurry to the garden,

dig holes with our hands for shitting in through the night.