Formication

close up photo of the stalk of a sunflower, as seen from behind, with a few ants on it

Ants on tiny hairs,
crawling in search of nectar—
do sunflowers feel?

Fascinated

close up photo of a small cucumber on the plant

As the newly born,
mesmerised by a finger—
me, in my garden.

Stay

photo of the shadow of the photographer on sea waves close to the shore

Waves don’t wash away,
all that lingers in my mind,
a shadow of doubt.

Clean

Close up photo of the ocean foam by the sea shore.

Lapping the shoreline,
ocean foam filters itself—
fur-licking kitten.

Protecting

close up photo of a deadpool-branded tshirt on a clothes rack at a street stall

Hiding in plain sight,
lodged in every street corner—
superheroes stand.