After the rain
an earthworm traverses the sidewalk,
the clitellum, a dark red band hyphenating the thin satin cord.
The worm seems barely to move
yet progresses quickly to sidewalk’s edge,
slipping down into the grass and sliding over a twig.
I imagine a certain relief.
We step carefully by on our way into the Dome of Silence
while the worm slides off the concrete and onto the earth,
parting the grass and moving through its own world of Silence.
Earthworm – Lumbricus terrestris ID 42103975 © Digoarpi | Dreamstime.com