Noah invited no insects onto the ark, but they came anyway;
flies, roaches, gnats, and ants covering every square cubit
in a confident carpet of stubborn, resilient brown.
American bison, once endangered, have grown numerous,
leaving Yosemite to roam their old prairies, leading to calls
to thin them out, gun down some stubborn, resilient brown.
In the Gulf, scared men drop chemicals, lower booms onto
oil surging from a breached torrent they thought to own,
stare in despair at the mass of stubborn, resilient brown.
In Phoenix, water pours from sprinklers into dry soil,
desert held at bay by golf courses and lawns of green.
Let the effort lapse a bit, see the return of resilient brown.
South of here, along a man made line, patrols
stare south into a shimmering oven, guarding against
a surge moving north — people of stubborn, resilient brown.
In tidy homes the fearful see everything as a threat
but are ashamed to say that what they fear most is
the pastel walls of their world being restored
to surging, resilient brown.