It's no good listening for a pindrop now,
with the freeway surge and the rattle of leaves,
and the neighbor shouting (whatever he shouts).
No. listen early. They collect
where the dew fall is heavy; they lift their queer snouts
to glitter in the sun. They drink quietly,
piercing the water's skin with a seamstress dream
of superfine proboscides: you can't hear that
either, nor the stitch of their silvery beating hearts.
But they fall, at awkoddward times. Say they lose
their grip and they fall -- whirl and twirl --
bounce on the turbulent air --
and a love of speed sets off a fear of space.
They ring when they meet the uprushing ground,
or collide with each other in flight: and that
you can sometimes hear.