An Earwig’s Grip

      by Max Verhart and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Presence #57, March 2017, page 72. Originally written, via email, from June to August 2016.

for a wasp
treacle                                                                                     Max

        the mud-dauber’s shadow
        on my forearm                                                                 Michael

sharing a room
and some blood
with a mosquito                                                                      Max

between the pages
of Western Civilization
remains of a silverfish                                                             Michael

        closing the girly magazine
        I spot a black widow                                                       Max

an earwig’s grip
on my fingernail . . .
summer’s end                                                                         Michael