The live ones quick, pop out of sand holes of their own crazy-making.
They dig (and when the sand is wet) roll sand balls into piles, a semi-circle around their hole-door.
In the same way
it’s a ghostly thing, really, the way they blow end over end, lightweight and dead.
Emily Scudder‘s first collection of poems, A Change of Pace, was published by Finishing Line Press in August 2007. Her poems have most recently appeared in Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Jabberwock Review, Mamazine.com, and Harvard Review. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. (10/2007)