He looks up, nitric eyes
testing you like acid on gold.
You feel fake. Exposed.
For once the crow has no comment,
which says it all,
and shrugs himself into the air
like a pawnbroker turning his back,
offering nothing—not a cent
for your most precious heirloom.
Don Thompson has been writing about the San Joaquin Valley for over fifty years, including a dozen or so books and chapbooks. A San Joaquin Almanac won the Eric Award for 2021 in the chapbook category. For more info and links to publishers, visit his website at www.don-e-thompson.com.