What’s The Matter?

Seeing that millipede crawl 

across my office floor,

I wonder if he’s searching for

 some decomposing matter.

There’s nothing decomposing here 

except unproductive patterns,

and outdated points of view.

Sadly, on many days

there’s not even much of that. 

I gently pick him up

and go outside. I place him

 near those well-mulched bushes,

feeling an unexpected kinship

with this decomposition seeker.


This entry was posted in poetry.

2 comments on “What’s The Matter?

  1. Claire Shaffner says:

    Joan. You made me laugh. Thank you.

    Sent from my iPhone



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