Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 09/08/21

A SMALL WORLD

I adore the fireflies,
tiny smidgens of light
on a hot summer dusk,
flames out of nowhere,
suspended in mid-air.

A spider crawls up my wall.
A magazine is handy
but I don’t swat that arachnid.
It has its reasons
for being where it is.
Why should I interfere?

I get up close with bugs
in my garden,
the ladybird, the aphid,
the praying mantis,
so thin, so near-invisible,
it’s a wonder it’s prayer
is ever heard.

I’m done with giants.
They’ve only ever let me down.
But the world of the miniscule
is businesslike, productive,
instinctive and harmless,
a welcome antidote
to what the rest of life is like.

©2021 John Grey All rights reserved.

John Grey

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Orbis, Dalhousie Review and the Round Table. Latest books, Leaves On Pages and Memory Outside The Head are available through Amazon. Work upcoming in Lana Turner and Hollins Critic.

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