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The Peculiar
Maggot Moon
The City and the City
The Road
A Certain Slant of Light
The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Brown Girl in the Ring
Well Wished
The Innkeeper's Song
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
American Indian Myths and Legends
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today I am a Small Creature

This evening I was looking at the photo of Saturn hanging above my son's desk as he did his homework.  You can see our home if you look carefully.  Earth is a small blue dot, second ring in from the outside, in the upper left of the photo.

Today I am a small creature 
wandering in wonder
on the thin crust
a mere mote of dust
brushed by a wisp of air,

a creature teacher
wanting wonder to awake
waiting in the wake of time
to see if what I though was fine
will root and grow.

What arrows are there
that I can throw ahead
to say when I am dead
such a one was here?

None I fear
when I turn and see what was cast
I throw my present like water
on fires of long past,

only an echo 
of one mother, no other
two hundred thousand
years ago.

Her faint call
encodes the thread
the weft that powers the web
echoes off each cell wall.

Will her long line
throw forward in space
find out new place
be unbroken by time?


  1. Hi Katie-so great to see you here! You have such a wonder of a science background that you make the information so accessible for all the rest of us. I love this, especially verse 3, & the 'echo of a mother'. Lovely!

  2. Wow Katie! What a way to start the month. I love the second stanza, especially all the alliteration. Glad to see you back to linking up.

  3. Your words ask to be read more than once. Wow.