Grace Is Not A Black Caterpillar

Grace Is Not A Black Caterpillar
by Martha Serpas

Grace doesn’t fall uninvited
from the oaks and red cedars.

It doesn’t go unnoticed.
It has weight enough 

to announce itself.
It offers a choice.

It never brings pain.
It never contracts.

It isn’t fragile, never mistaken
for negative capability.

Its heads are heads, its tails are tails.
Warm and fuzzy, it leaves no mark.

Why look for its trail after a few days? 
There’s nothing to see.


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Martha Serpas has published three collections of poetry, Côte Blanche, The Dirty Side of the Storm, and The Diener. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Nation and has been anthologized in the Library of America’s American Religious Poems and The Art of the Sonnet. She co-produced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary about coastal erosion. She teaches at the University of Houston and serves as a hospital trauma chaplain.