A swallowtail egg on a pawpaw leaf,
The throat of a hummingbird,
Wet sand, cool under our feet,
An owl at midnight, unseen, only heard.
The warm winter sun through a window,
The smooth face of sedimentary rock,
A robin’s nest in a hedgerow,
A heron perched on a wind-blown dock.
We are sharp as a finger snap,
Swift as a centipede,
And even if we live to be ninety:
Ephemeral as a dandelion seed.
Pat Valdata is an adjunct associate
professor for the University of
Maryland University College and a correspondent
for Diverse Issues in
Higher Education. Her publications include the
novel Crosswind (Wind
Canyon Publishing) and the poetry chapbook Looking
for Bivalve (Pecan Grove Press). She lives in
Elkton, Maryland, in the United States.