The Fossil Among Us

By Oscar Payne, with commentary from Teodora Nikolova

In the coming and going of the city
observing us with cool neutrality
sitting in the middle of red and green
something briefly winks between

awed for its colour
and natural beauty
since ancient times
that was its duty

there was another, I suppose:
trapping insects in a pose
see how tree sap would enclose
those fragile bodies in the throes
of death

even now,
holed inside
the black confines
of the traffic light

Amber has that power

we’re the buzzing of those bugs
in our cars, we crawl like slugs
fast against the amber glow
Not yet stop, not yet go.

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