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Saved a mantis a while ago
I let it out, I saved its path into the high
From its vague perspective, I was an angel
And weeks later, it came back to say goodbye
Already brown, darkling to night
I could recognise it. I said:

“Hey, you’re back, let me help you out”

I couldn’t hug it or show it any affection
Other than leading it to nature again

And that’s how we, childless women work
We help to care for someone else’s creation
We nourish the air we breathe because there’s nowhere
For the love to go

And we usually see meaning where there’s nothing
For most people

Written on 12th August 2022