aphid do you recall your green smallness? how we ambled across leaf finding manna on every furrow? above, the birds gave each other wedding rings. the lady bugs set up a phonograph & danced like supper plates. all we could do was think of teeth. our mandibles knitting the body behind us. sweet nectar. stories of the first mother who fell down & shattered to make us. tell me friend, how miniature would you be if you could? i think i would want to be so tiny not even the wind could see me. i would want to walk in circles around tongues unfelt & undiscovered. they say life comes in circles but mine has always arrived spherical. hula hoops roll up & down a driveway. animals with all kinds of machines. trees holding binoculars. two boys kissing between the tall grass. summer was nothing but a picture show. sitting down, eating, we could feel the sweat of all the tomorrows. sun dipped in milk. you are a good friend. you should join me & traveling to another leaf. my favorite is basil. reminds me of children. of being new & wild. i am old now & soon to be part of the grass. tell me though, tell me, just how minute you would live? i want to fit you in my heart. carry you to every taste. deliver you were everything is verdant & everything is us.