Today I Saved a Centipede
Another day in isolation. Not much to report.
I made omelets for breakfast and ate them on the back porch with the marigolds I’d potted the day before.
Afterwards, I called a friend who lives alone.
We talked about cotton masks and the best place to order.
Oh, and I saved a centipede.
Spotting it in the trashcan by the toilet, I almost sprayed it with the Windex in my hand.
Why not pardon the poor thing? Dump the can outside?
It scurried away on its multiple feet while I went back to another day of feeling useless at home, wishing there was more I could do to save lives.
Jacqueline Jules is a former librarian who found herself intrigued by almost every book she put on the shelf. As a reader and as a writer, she doesn’t restrict herself to one genre. She is the author of 45 books for young readers on a wide variety of topics. Her poetry has appeared in over a 100 publications, including three chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum (Finishing Line Press) and Stronger Than Cleopatra (ELJ Publications), and Itzhak Perlman's Broken String, winner of the 2016 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize from Evening Street Press. Visit her online at www.jacquelinejules.com .