Among the burrowing owl’s
scraps of carpet and tinfoil

tucked into the humid straw,
the hoard of cow dung is especially prized —

as it attracts dung beetles.

The owls watch for hours
revealing a tool of attraction

of which those clever creatures

may not be aware.
What then is awareness?

Connecting shit to consequence:
the flicker that links, say,

chlorine to climax —
or who consumed whom at faculty picnics.

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