Lowball (Anakreontic)

Thunder of wings
                       peace disbands

Beetle! a double rotary
                       coleopteran Chinook

Crashlands carapace and all
                       into dreg-glazed salad bowl.

Troops of faces disembark
                       from books to wilting endive.

He presents no papers, yet
                       none bother to countermand

His orders. We are to be
                       relieved, no time to inspect

Our bitters crack over ice
                       post-prandial AWOL yawns

Groggy as wasp-wood, lowballs
                       melting over news from the front.