Focus not on the forest
or the trees,
look for the small animals
beneath the leaf litter:
snakes, toads, turtles.
find snails, beetles,
amoeba, paramecium, bacteria -
transforming rot into resources,
creating vital nutrients.
The lowliest comprise the base
of all life where they digest and recycle.
Process everything at this lowly level;
find the atoms and split them,
transform matter into energy-
mushrooming above the canopy,
through clouds, beyond our atmosphere.
to planets with their rings, moons, storms
to stars: giants, dwarfs, dying, birthing,
headlines from hundreds of years past-
to the edge of our Milky Way,
to Andromeda and
billions of other galaxies
created by our searching,
See infinity in the smallest and the largest.
Recognize the parts in the whole
and the magnificence of universal light,
except for the wonder of having a place
and a purpose to love all of it.
Susan Beall Summers is a positive and lively Austin poet. She has been published in Ilya’s Honey, Texas Poetry Calendar, Harbinger Asylum, Small Canyons & Anthology, Di-Verse-City, Yellow Chair Review, Cattails, Nothing. No One. Nowhere., and others. Mor info at www.tidalpoolpoet.com