by Susan Francino
I didn’t ask the caterpillar
with its antennae tangled
criss-cross in a cobweb
if it wanted to be healed,
but when I lifted the little curse,
the joy then was so sudden
that I hope to learn
to live always as pleading,
being bound, but also just as close
to being free from all entanglements,
and waiting, whole-being-waiting,
praying for them to break.
Susan Francino holds a BA in Latin from Hillsdale College and an MFA in Poetry from Seattle Pacific University. Her work has also appeared in The American Journal of Poetry.