A few dry leaves whisper
Over the newly shaved landscape
The busy scurrying of tractors
Has taken its noise to a distant field.
I rejoice in the view they have left
From a wall of green
To a vista of lake and mountains
The breezes flow unfettered now,
Cooling in the heat of drought.
My cat, however, is most put out:
Where are the stalks of cane,
my friends, the prey I love to haunt?
Alas, poor cat, your wit and skill
must sharpen for the kill
Until the phalanx
of green topped canes arise
to rustle once more outside our gate.