Tall brown spikes on green stalks.
Herd plants, unlike their namesake
stand together, day after day.
Under hot sun, wind and occasional hail
bake into velvet texture
slowly stretch until they burst.
Brown-flecked white fluff stands on end
like the cat, suddenly shocked
sensing threat nearby.
A thresher looms its blades
and they scatter in the wind
seeding their next generation.