Little green bee,
you, too, went straight into the rose
without thinking, nose first.

Little green grasshopper,
you spring from leaf to me
as if you know
I am part of this garden.

Mulberry tree, you are home
to thousands while you are laden
with fruits and dripping.
The squirrels and robins
spar over you, in you,
make all your branches shake.

Are you, too, lonely?

Karina Lutz is a writer, editor, teacher, and activist. She helped secure passage of sustainable energy legislation, thwart a proposed megaport, and restore wetlands in her home watershed of Narragansett Bay, RI. In 2013, she received honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Preliminary Visions. Her poems are published by more than a dozen publications.