It Matters

Jim Landwehr

Normally, it wouldn’t be
a second thought;
a worm writhing
in the middle of
a hot sidewalk
desperate to reach
its grassy oasis.
I walked by it
continued on my way
but then stopped,
walked back
to the worm
and its writhingness,
picked it up
and tossed it
to the heavenly green
maybe saving a worm life
but perhaps not.
I’m not sure why
I stopped.
After all,
it was only a worm.
But I am at a point
in my life
where small things
seem like big things
like I’m just part
of a bigger life cycle
so I save what I can.

 
 
 Jim Landwehr

Jim Landwehr

Jim has a book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, and two poetry collections, Written Life and Reciting From Memory. His forthcoming memoir, The Portland House: A 70’s Memoir will be released on 1/23/2018. His nonfiction and poetry has been published in many different journals. Jim resides in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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