The fenceposts drink the water from both sides.
One is flowering. The sunbirds sip
at pistils and stamens; ravens wait for the almonds.
It burns in the sudden flames of suicides.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His book Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong was published by Eyewear in 2015. His band Human Shields also released an album in 2015, Somebody’s Hometown, and an EP in 2016, Défense de jouer.