The grasshoppers have come now
Gold, green, brown and bronze they fleck the barn walls
Every evening as I wash down.
Tonight, a grasshopper perches precariously beside the drain
One little nudge and he would be gone,
Washed away in a torrent of water.
This is my favorite part
When the cows have gone
And I wield the hose in vengeance
Scourging the dirt from the walls and concrete floors;
Giving way to some kind of rage that has built up from regulations
And uncertainties and helplessness at the way
Turmoil sweeps around me and I am tossed
From one phone call to the next,
Email after email,
Document after document.
The rush of water sweeps the dirt to the drain,
This is my kingdom.
This is my victory.
The grasshopper sits by the drain.
Only a nudge and—
I move the hose away.
I too am a grasshopper.