February 16, 2014 in Features

American life in poetry

Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate, 2004-06

We human beings think we’re pretty special when compared to the “lower” forms of life, but now and then nature puts us in our place. Here’s an untitled short poem by Kentucky’s Jonathan Greene.


Honored when

the butterfly lights

on my shoulder.

Next stop:

a rotting log.

Poem copyright 2001 by Jonathan Greene, from blink (September-October 2001, vol. 1, no. 2), and reprinted by permission of the author and publisher. American Life in Poetry is supported by The Poetry Foundation and the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

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