i am just the world

Pay no attention.
I’m just here
beneath these trees,
their forgotten leaves
warm from the sun.
Nevermind
my slow traverse,
I’ll step aside for you.
Make myself small
so you forget
I am light and love,
the god to which you pray,
the universe upon my back,

everything.

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. National Poetry Month, 12. Image ©2017, Jen Payne. Spotted turtles are protected by the Connecticut Threatened and Endangered Species Act. See also: World Turtle.

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