The shade of the Japanese magnolia
is thinner now that its blossoms of peacock blue
have fallen. At the top, off and on,
a cicada trills. It’s no longer the season
for singing together, Clizia, no longer
the time of the infinite god
who devours his own believers and revives
their blood. Exertion
was easier, to die at the wing’s
first flutter, at the first encounter
with the enemy was child’s play.