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

until,

as if it were

flowering,

the water flamed.

 

Photo by abbamouse

Lola Haskins

LOLA HASKINS's new collection is How Small, Confronting Morning (Jacar, 2016). She has won the Iowa Poetry Prize and two Florida Book Awards. Recently, she became the first female Honorary Chancellor of the Florida State Poet's Association.

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