Animal Writes
13 February 2000 Issue
A Small Moment in Time

by [email protected] (Patricia Rogers)

Sitting on the steps

staring at the sidewalk,

lost in thoughts I no longer remember.

Movement broke the clear

nothingness of the moment.

My eyes focused now --

studying the walk

searching until they found

the source of the disturbance.

An insect, small and nondescript.

On his back, legs grasping at the sky,

trying to gain a foothold in the air.


I leaned forward and turned him over

thinking to give him the footing he was so desperately seeking.

He fell over on his back,

legs again grasping at the sky.

Now quickly, now slowly, now not at all.

And as I watched,

powerless to help or heal,

I began to understand

the fear of the unknown

and will to live

that is in us all.

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