Alien

— Nick Butterfield

I tell no one
I am cold inside.
I am too close to the earth
Beneath where shadows hide.

In space and all alone,
I don’t see the galaxy of stars
Or the myriad of roses above me.

Now,
warming in the sun after a cold wet
winter, I am lucky to have the whole
backyard to myself,

except for the lady—
bug that doesn’t see me…
the lizard that I am.
 

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