Quiet enough now to hear
A beetle scritch across granite,
Pastiche of blues and greens,
And into a crevice.
Down there in private, the beetle
Polishes its carapace
Until it glows in the dark.
Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. A San Joaquin Almanac won the Eric Hoffer Award for 2021 in the chapbook category. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website: www.don-e-thompson.com.