Peter Dabbene’s poetry has been published in many online and print literary journals, and collected in the book Optimism. His stories can be found online at http://www.defenestrationmag.net, http://www.mcsweeneys.net, http://www.piginpoke.com, http://www.wordtriot.org, and elsewhere, and his comic book work is forthcoming in the graphic novel Ark and the magazine Futurequake. He has published two story collections, Prime Movements and Glossolalia, and a novel, Mister Dreyfus’ Demons. He writes a monthly column for the Hamilton Post (viewable at http://www.mercerspace.com/blog/pdabbene). His plays have been performed in New Jersey and Philadelphia venues. His website is http://www.peterdabbene.com
Somewhere, out of sight,
the ants are dying.
The air is crisp with death, and renewal
as a child hazards kindergarten.
Cool nights summon clear skies,
stars replace haze and heat lightning,
complications vent from hood fans and open windows,
the simple savage sacrifices, familiar perfumes of grilling meat,
vanished into thinner air.
Inside, the new TV season is digested
as the animals prepare for hiberrnation.
Air conditioners hush to hear
cricket anthems sing of change;
they are ready for the fall.