We human beings think we're pretty special when compared to the "lower" forms of life, but now and then nature puts us in our place. Here's an untitled short poem by Jonathan Greene, who lives in the outer Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
the butterfly lights
on my shoulder.
a rotting log.
Poem copyright 2001 by Jonathan Greene, whose most recent book of poems is "Distillations and Siphonings," Broadstone Books, 2010.
Poem reprinted from blink, September-October 2001, vol. 1, No. 2, by permission of Jonathan Greene and the publisher.
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