the concrete spreads slow like lava on the prairie an all - negating wave the grey expanse of empty parking lots of failed shopping centers and the desecration of land that taught me everything I know about land but is not my own how I don’t recognize these places that were once the fields of my childhood and that summer after they built those apartment buildings near the creek we suddenly had tree frogs in our yard that had never been there before we thought what are these strange birds singing so loudly at night and where did they come from and the tree frogs have stayed there ever since