O Giver of flies
Maker of mosquito with
Creator of slugs
You made this day dank
with clouds, the short circuitry
of lightning, the grumble of thunder
So that tomorrow will hatch out new and amazing
insects, reptilian frogs and flowers
I thank you for my morsel
that you did not give to a maggot
for my crumb that did not crumble
O holy Other-Than-Me
your world is wet with rain that
my world might blossom
This poem originally appeared in Sycamore Review 7.2 (Summer 1995):10.
Mary Fell, a native New Englander, has lived in Indiana since 1981. She is Professor Emerita at Indiana University East in Richmond, where she lives and continues to write.
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