Scavenger Hunt

We were hiking
through the trails,
looking for things
in nature
that start with
different letters
of the alphabet
so our 3-year-old
could name them off.

But after noticing
a lack of wildlife
in the apocalyptic heat,
all that came to mind
was E for extinction.

Gabriel Bates is a poet living in Tiffin, Ohio. His work has appeared in several publications, online and in print. Keep up with him at Read other articles by Gabriel.