It is hot. If I had to estimate a temperature
it would have a 2 in it because it is too hot
and the air conditioning is broken (I want to somehow blame
it on the raccoons that skulk with their tiny destructive hands around
the trash cans at night)
I open the window to provide relief and a garland of dead
ladybugs and spiderweb graces the bottom of the window
delightful. I let them hang there because I have no stomach
for anything right now (it is too hot to eat), especially not
poor dead ladybugs preserved by winter under my window
who can no longer feel Nebraska in late June.
I would gladly take their place, not for love or loyalty
but for the escape of the summer.