An egret spreads greetings in the
language of night, a memory of stars
losing their belief in gravity.
Rounding up rising stars, a honey bee
breaks into the halls of sleep, finding little music,
but so much silence.
Honey bee | Apis mellifera
The deadliest ornament waits for the holidays,
filling stockings with dry leaves
and wild hurricanes.
Chinese mantis | Tenodera aridifolia sinensis
Stripped down to her soul, she finds the still point,
her future a myth dreamed by the past.
Prints of The Still Point are in a dozen collections, including
Penn State University, and was part of the 2006 exhibition
Nature Reperceived at Gallery Project in Ann Arbor.
Eastern black carpenter ant | Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Like a wizard crafting spells in threes, a gyrfalcon
so bright he dissolves the walls of heaven.
Gyrfalcon | Falco rusticolus