‘Context’ By Chris Bullard



A scoop of pasture loam
shoveled into a Mason jar
and topped with water

soon pops with biota:
floating green hydras,
cherry shrimp, bubble beetles.

So much that is marvelous
goes unnoticed.
The greater eye requires

a means of focus:
glass, perhaps, enclosing
this floating life

or the lens of earth
magnifying our own brief bloom.



Chris Bullard lives in Philadelphia. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Wilkes University. Grey Book Press published Continued, a poetry chapbook, in 2020 and Moonstone Press recently published Going Peaceably to the Obsidian Knife, his chapbook of environmentally themed poetry. Main Street Rag has just released his poetry chapbook, Florida Man.


Photo by Scott Webb

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