"Raccoons twist oysters from the mat"

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Cammy Thomas

Birth of Pleasure, II

In a buttressed grove black crabs
sidle up trees alive with snails.

Gray heron balanced on one green stilt
grasping a mangrove root above the sea,

you must have more ecstasy than we,
sweating in scarred kayaks,

water slipping off our bright paddles.
Raccoons twist oysters from the mat

and red-legged ibises a reach away
watch us burn, topple, fight.