Small Wonders

      by Michael Dylan Welch and elehna de sousa

First published in Frogpond 31:3, Fall 2008. Written from December 2006 to June 2007 by email.

mother of pearl—
a button in the snow
beneath the redwood                                                   Michael

        hidden in thick moss
        a tiny tree frog                                                          elehna

shrinking in memory,
that afternoon we spent together
looking for buttercups                                                   Michael

in a corner of the shed
a dead hummingbird
        still iridescent                                                            elehna

        in my child’s upheld palm
        a small wonder                                                         Michael

giant kelp bed—
a seal pup at play
diving in, diving out                                                         elehna