Inside, the large ceramic bird
at the top of the bookcase,
swoops to devour the miniature shark.
Outside, my eucalyptus tree
sheds pink leaves all summer long.
People are shedding their skins
and my cat is shedding fur coats.
A man with a van collects
the leaves, skins, and coats.
The bird gets bigger,
in its mouth the shark,
which it flings through the window
into the arms of my eucalyptus tree.