Still Life with Paper Wasp Nest and Lava Flow

Paper chalice a wasp worries to the heart
                of the patio junk-sculpture dog’s
       metal pipe torso: Thurston’s lava tube
in miniature, refuge the long night
                against which children are issued
       soft caps, weak flashlights embedded
Cyclopsian at the third eye, hands free for
                the inevitable stumbling. . . .