Santillana del Mar, Cantábria, España

jeudi 10 janvier 2013

skies clearing up, the sun glancing a yellow hue


Bug in the Bath


There's a bug in the bath
scuttling on the tile
away from the light and gush of water.

It meanders on the pattern
of a pink and grey flower
following an invisible thread
in a labyrinth.

The steam rises and the feet clamber
then slip, plop into the water.
There pedals like a U-boat.
I scoop it up and land it lightly
on the bath mat.

The bug climbs, frantic
over hills and dales and finds
the cool floor. It sights a haven
in the recess under the pipes,
home of the spider.

Avoiding the predator's gulp,
the bug burrows into the safe earth.
Whence it comes. Wherever it goes.





©Susan Baury Rouchard

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