Go to sleep, I whisper to my brother next to me
in the hammock, go to sleep. He keeps jerking
and fussing; he whines ants are crawling in his ears.
I pinch him again. His legs against mine feel sticky
and hot, like he's covered in piss-scented honey.
He rolls over onto my hair, his mouth full of
small sleeping moans. I twist my head away.
I put my fingers over the nape of his small brown
neck and hum, waiting to pinch -- sometimes,
I just like the sound of his shriek. Every few
minutes, branches break in the distance, as if
something heavy is falling and picking itself up.