They Scurry Underfoot

under streets and
lining the canals, on bridges,
in walls, skittering,
resting by windows,
in the earth
before the plow, and aft-
you do not even see them
unless you’re looking,
unless someone points them out while you
look through, above,
everywhere except them –
who trained you so?
are you too weak to bear the sight?
too cowardly to lift your eyes?
do not worry,
with proper practice
even vermin may gaze at stars.

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