The crescent moon hangs south, above the sea.
Out here in the Camargue the mud-flat bat
flies higher now. The atmosphere, you see,
has lightened. Insects lift, ensuring that
the mud-flat bat's own mouth and mine won't splat.
He flew so low on Wednesday that I feared
I'd swallow him in darkness, furry-eared
and sonaring the night. It scared him too.
Mosquitoes, ones who Wednesday rudely jeered,
become his meal, malaria his stew.