Catch, release (April 7)

You see its oval outline
On the car’s smudged window
Take it in your hand
Rest it on fingerback
Feel its legs tickling, pausing.
Candy-apple green shell
Brushed with three chocolate strokes
Holds still to let you feel
Thin-hard carapace,
Soft plastic like a tablet’s casing.
Before you can swallow it charts that convex map then casts its eye to the afternoon
And between breaths
Ascends.

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