POST 171: Beetle, outdoor shower, horseshoe crab, Maine, South Carolina

by Carol Bass

PINE STRAW

Responsive little beetle
walking the wet floorboards
during my shower

friends in the universe
we have just met from different zones

in the horrific splashes of deepening water
he is flipped on his tiny back
death by drowning I am afraid for him
and reach down
with a long pine needle

he grasps tightly
holding onto life
same as me
flips himself over like a crazed
horseshoe crab
running safely to the weeds

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