the bumble bee going from flower
to flower, moving over the petals, a postman.
the dragonfly gently whipping
its small nylon wings.
the butterfly opening
& closing its wings like a prayer book.
the birds flying
over the palm trees.
the tree that looks like
an afro without a head to carry it.
the brown ant stumbling
the leaves that
drop, God's permutations.
the ripples in the water,
the bird repeating
the same tune every second, invoking
her mother's spirit.
the black ant crawling
over the spine of a branch.
is it love,
this thing I have for my father?
About This Unit: Poems on Family and Finding Other Lines of Symmetry
ERNEST ÒGÚNYẸMÍ is a writer and editor from Nigeria. His work has appeared / is forthcoming in AGNI, Tinderbox, Southern Humanities Review, Joyland, the McNeese Review, No Tokens, among other places. He is a staff writer at Open Country.