Drag the rainbow into the interrogation room.
Use thumbscrews on a cloud if necessary.
Arrest the wind for being shiftless.
Take a lake to headquarters for loitering.
Sentence aspens to 30 years of hard labor
for having leaves that quiver.
Turn rainforests into deserts.
Put deserts behind bars
because poets see a world in a grain of sand.
Accuse sand dunes of being drifters.
Accuse snowdrifts of being drifters.
Tell the birds to shut up and listen to your song.
Cross-examine snowflakes till they break into tears.
Accuse a leech of being a leech.
Accuse a sponge of being sponge.
Accuse a yawn of being a yawn.
Search milkweed pods as suspicious characters.
take them into custody.
Tar-and-feather every inch of living soil
that refuses to be covered with asphalt.
Put Lake Michigan on the witness stand
to testify against Lake Superior.
Arraign the rain, indict the kite
and prosecute the bandicoot.
Charge lightening and thunder
for practicing without a license.
Charge the view from the skyscraper
for making people look like ants.
Warn autumn colors to stop rioting.
Throw the rich odor of thawing earth into the dungeon.
Frisk the shimmer of light on moonlight water.
Search crotches of virgin timber for concealed drugs.
Straitjacket elephants for jacking off with their nose.
Make a bear paw the Bible to take oath.
Ban the banana because
it reminds you of something.
Flog alpenglow with a rubber hose
under a hundred watt lightbulb.
Summon the lemon, subpoena the peanut,
impeach the peach, arraign the terrain.
Order the space between the stars and
the space between molecules to change place.
Order turtles to get license plates
Order sunflowers to pay their electric bills
or the sun to be disconnected.
Order rats to join the rat race
Order orifice and artifice to be reversed.
Order ripples of water, ripples of light,
ripples of heat, ripples of shade,
to do your bidding.
Order poems to close down and move to Mexico
where they can get words to work
for one-fifth what they're paid here.
Millipedes must obey or be drawn and thousanded.
Decapitate ecstatic tomfoolery.
Give the finger to the wind
for being fresh with you.
Gesticulate before the bristlecone pine
how you made more money that anyone.
Brag to Pleiades you played the stock market
better than anyone.
Tell your Death you're going to hold your breath
till it grants your wish.
Sentence leaf shadows to the electric chair
for seducing millions of youths.
Torture the Ocean till it talks
and none of this surf-sound mumbo-jumbo.
Reduce to toothpicks the oldest, biggest trees.
Tame wildflowers and coat them with plastic
and mount them with wire stems.
Buy the water, buy the earth, buy the sky.
Sell the water, sell the earth, sell the sky.
Beat up the night cause it's black.
Spit at the sun cause it's yellow.
Massacre the dawn cause it's red.
Chart how many ants you can kill.
Ambush waterfalls with machetes
Mutilate them beyond recognition.
Assassinate the last condor in your spare time.
Assign hit men to rub out humming birds
while paring your nails.
Assign hit me to rub out dolphins
while paring your nails.
Step into your mile-long limousine
Snort a thousand dollars
And tell the chauffeur -
"Next Universe, please."