On a day so hot
the crows were walking
open-mouthed beneath the pear trees --
skipping, hopping, plotting
who-knows-what destructive mayhem--
the mockingbirds were having
none of that
and harried them in noisome, angry pairs.
Astonished at the hubris,
the giant crows gaped in wonder,
cawing aloud to one another
"Come and see! come and see!"