Star Head

Look directly into the face.

Radiating in a wheel-like fashion,
the absent center
(that small, wind-bearing organ)

may be removed
so that the entire corolla
breaks open.

Exposed, its astronomical number
sings both day and night
at frequencies far above the human register

and rids the body
of poisonous spirits.
Many can be collected directly
into a killing jar or other container
without the use of a net.
Preserved, they will keep
indefinitely.

Claire Bateman, 2018

Remixed works:

The Audubon Society Field GuideĀ Series
The Peterson Field Guide Series