Solinopsis Invicta


1. A Speck

finds its mate

in a thin cirrus of other specks

four hundred feet

above the earth.


Afterwards, the female

tears off her wings.


Kick a mound

and specks

startle in all directions

like handfuls

of tiny lights.


2. The Beauty of Ants

The night the field

became a lake

we leaned from

our canoes and

torched each

black lace fist


as if it were


the water flamed.

LOLA HASKINS‘s most recent collection of poetry is The Grace to Leave (Anhinga, 2012). Her prose efforts include a poetry advice book, an illustrated book of fables about women whose names start with A, and a book about 15 cemeteries in Florida. Her website is