Ways of Looking at a Ladybug

Photograph by Chris J. Bowley

Ladybird, ladybird fly away home,
Your house is on fire
and your children are gone

There are forty-nine dead
ladybugs in the light
at the end of the hall.

And I haven’t said a thing.

*
The lady bug crawls on my finger,
like I climb a moving mountain.

*
In the light at the classroom
at the end of the hall
there are sixty-two dead ladybugs.

And one living ladybug
for now.

*
Ladybugs do not drink Bourbon.
They stand
without hangovers.

*
Little black feet
crawling on the wrong side of the window
for a monster movie perspective.

*************
The above inspired by Wallace Steven’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

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