Little Steward

We talked this afternoon of worlds/ That herd within the sky;/ Of all the majesty and reach/ Of stellar space, till I/ Was grateful to the ladybug/ That crawled across my dress,/ Just for its foolish speckled back,/ And for its littleness.

~Ethel A. Turner, 1921

She scurried up 

the side of a leaf,

paused in partial

shade thinking

she had hidden

herself from a lurking

giant intent on capturing

an image, and so I waited,

stilled, zoomed the lens

into focus on a living

work of art, this little

lady-bug beetle

who hides herself

in shadows eating

her fill of aphids,

reminding me

it’s the little

things that make

a world of difference.

—C.L. Fisher, April 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all content, including writing and images, are the work of C.L. Fisher and may not be copied, used, or distributed without permission.

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