stay-at-home orders
a red admiral visits
my garden

swallowtail bobbing
the slender stems

emerging lavender
the daily number
of new cases

a fritillary lands
on her finger

the orange of a monarch
basking in milkweed

empty cocoon
slipping on my dead wife’s shoes
I step outside

       - Deborah P Kolodji (Temple City, CA)
       - Billie Dee (La Mesa, NM)