Forced Removals

this town is plagued with crickets;
biblical, like locusts,
loud, black and screaming
against Dutch-white-African walls.

they need a place to live!
there is a housing shortage!
there are floods! fires!
their forests are gone!

there is a town initiative
to systematically remove
the crickets. the ones that stay
lie on their backs, legs squirming
and helpless, until they die.