In Colorado, a woman’s father cages his body
over hers when the ground collapses underneath them.
ridged-bone ribcage. From the door-frame—
shadowed in an eave. She yowled once,
then yawned, licking one paw
how weakened rock may have played a role
in the father/daughter’s accident.
Recent heavy rains suffused the soil.
An overwhelmed cat, shocked by illness,
Her eyes will wince
Both A. and B.
The moral is twofold: Nature can be cruel–
call it instinct–and sometimes things just happen.