How the poem ends

Hawaii Kai recycling center, Honolulu, May 13, 2021: under the trailer.

In warm Hawaii a bag of empty cans will acquire a population of spiders and cockroaches, and the parking lots at the recycling depots will fill with gourmets like this cattle egret.

In cold Connecticut, Wallace Stevens wrote a poem called “The Man on the Dump” which ends with a find: among recyclables, the definite article.

Where was it one first heard of the truth? The the.

Through the poem, too, birds walk.