The wings of my prayers are capricious,
unlike my solid carapace,
too delicate to reach the height
of heaven, too flimsy to withstand the heat
of hell. Tickled by the honeyed
scent of spring, I open my elytra,
ready to spread my alae,
about to fly –
when I’m thwarted
by the shadow of a predatory co[r]vid
darkening the sky.
Kim M. Russell, 9th April 2020
Mam Zen’s prompt from 9th April 2013 was a visual one. She introduced us to the scientific illustrations of Maria Sibylla Merian, a Dutch artist and naturalist. Mama Zen shared four of her illustrations to inspire us to write poems in 60 words.
I’m merging this prompt with Kerry’s Skylover Wordlist, sourced from Dylan Thomas’s poetry collection Deaths and Entrances, from which the ninth word is ‘prayer’.