When the bottom drops out of August

when the bottom drops and the summer disc burns deep in its bed

when nerves sing, blaze, and flame their circuit

when the bottom of August sticks out

and clouds above change shape

when bodies inside spin and change shape

the bottom falls and meaning peeks out with chagrin

the hot skin of August no longer sending messages of summer

birds no longer at rest

when the winds pick up and the cool air is just behind it all

the bottom of the news story reveals itself

the story is cold