Cicadas by Tamara L. Panici

Tamara L. Panici has recent or forthcoming work in Abyss & Apex, Black Poppy Review, Black Fox Literary Magazine, Fjords Review, and Flash Fiction Magazine. She can be found picking up heavy objects, walking too far, and writing on anything you leave behind. She thinks we should all eat more vegetables and be nicer to each other.

the ditches lining our neighborhood 
         walks   are littered 
with the   hollow bodies   of cicadas
who are done  finding mates  & 
     thus done    with all   of life.
Their desiccated   corpses crumble
     under no weight          giving  
themselves       to the humid       
     summer eucharist      & with a
kiss    of the wind     their entire
existence                       undone.